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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

September 25, 1864

Jefferson Davis Arrived for Briefing

Confederate President Jefferson Davis arrived in Palmetto, Georgia, for a briefing from General John Bell Hood on the status of his efforts to reverse the Union invasion of Georgia. Hood had little good news to offer, so Davis tried to boost the morale of the troops and that evening was entertained by a band composed of Louisiana troops. Hood did ask for permission to relieve native Georgian General William J. Hardee from duty, apparently holding him responsible for the loss at the Battle of Jonesboro. In fact, Hardee and his men had fought courageously against overwhelming odds.