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This Day in Georgia History

July 13, 1864

Braxton Bragg Arrived in Atlanta

Confederate chief-of-staff Gen. Braxton Bragg arrived in Atlanta for the stated purpose of making an inspection. In reality, Confederate Pres. Jefferson Davis had sent Bragg to make a personal report to Davis about whether Gen. Joseph E. Johnston should continue to command Confederate forces facing Union Gen. William T. Sherman. Since Sherman’s forces had entered Georgia and begun the Atlanta Campaign, Johnston had continued to retreat towards Atlanta, leaving Davis to lose confidence in Johnston’s strategy and willingness to fight.