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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

October 29, 1864

Misleading Article on Hood’s Actions Printed

The Richmond Times Dispatch printed another very misleading item on the action in Georgia - praising General John Bell Hood for his “remarkable movements” which were in fact retreats after losing badly in battle.

From Georgia. There is nothing new from Georgia. Some idea of the celerity of General Hood’s remarkable movements may be formed from the fact, that in fourteen days his army has marched one hundred and fifty miles. All the railroad destruction which has been effected was done by only a portion of one corps, which did not march with the main army. There has been no infantry fighting since the attack on Altoona. The town of Resaca was menaced, but found too strongly defended, and was not attacked. In the main army each division drives its drove of cattle before it, and as fast as they are thinned out they are replenished from the surrounding country. The men have plenty of rations, but are in want of shoes and clothing. On Tuesday, the 18th, the army was at Blue Pond, twenty-six miles from Gunter’s landing, on the Tennessee river. The river was high, but had commenced falling. General Beauregard issued an address on the 17th in taking command. He says the enemy must be driven out of Atlanta, and offers an amnesty to all deserters returning to their commands within thirty days.