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Confederate President Davis removes General Joe Johnston as commander of the Army of the Tennessee

John Bell Hood, Brady image, detail
07/17/1864
Confederate President Jefferson Davis tired of what he considered to be General Joe Johnston's caution in his defense of Georgia and replaced him with the thirty-three year old John Bell Hood.  Hood's reputation as a bold battlefield general signaled to all, Union and Confederate, that the defense of Atlanta would take on a more aggressive strategy.  This unfolded but resulted in losses the Confederates could not afford, and ultimately the Union capture of the city seven weeks later.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Charles P. Roland, An American Iliad: The Story of the Civil War (New York: McGraw Hill, 2002), 183-184.

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