Atlanta in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Transfer of Command
Under orders from President Davis, on July 17, 1864, General Joseph E. Johnston, the masterful tactician and soldier, relinquished command of the Army of Tennessee. To succeed him, General John B. Hood, one of his corps commanders, an intrepid fighter, was appointed. The transfer of command was formerly made on July 18, at a point on the Marietta Road, near the city limits. When Hood assumed command of the Army of Tennessee, its numerical strength, according to the General's official report, was: Infantry 33,750, Artillery 3,500, Calvary 10,000, which, with 1,500 Georgia militia, made a total of 48,500 men.
Opposed to him, at the Gates of Atlanta, and Sherman´s monster force of invasion, a triple army, subdivided as follows: the Army of the Tennessee, under McPherson, the Army of the Cumberland, under Thomas, and the Army of the Ohio, under Schofield. It strength, at the beginning of the summer, according to Union authorities, was 100,000; and deducting losses sustained during the march from Dalton to Atlanta, it was still nearly twice the size of Hood's, and was commanded by veteran leaders.
Erected 1920 by Atlanta Chapter United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Location. 33° 44.966′ N, 84° 23.319′ Touch for map. Located on the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol. Marker is at or near this postal address: 206 Washington St SW, Atlanta GA 30334, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle of Atlanta (here, next to this marker); Thomas E. Watson (a few steps from this marker); The Seige of Atlanta (a few steps from this marker); The Evacuation of Atlanta (a few steps from this marker); John Brown Gordon (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Emerson Brown (within shouting distance of this marker); The March to the Sea (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 20, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.