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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

July 15, 1864

Bragg Wired Davis from Atlanta with Assessment

Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ chief-of-staff, General Braxton Bragg, was on a secret mission. Bragg had been sent to Atlanta to determine the competency of General Joseph E. Johnston and his ability to turn back Sherman’s Atlanta Campaign. On this day, Bragg wired Davis.

“I have made General Johnston two visits, and been received courteously and kindly. He has not sought my advice, and it was not volunteered. I cannot learn that he has any more plan for the future than he has had in the past. It is expected that he will await the enemy on a line some three miles from here, and the impression prevails that he is now more inclined to fight… . The morale of our army is still reported good.”