chapter  10
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Training for the Atlanta Campaign

The army had washed up in Dalton, more a wreck than an armed force, lacking supplies, co-ordination and, within days, a commander. Following the debacle at Missionary Ridge, Bragg felt honour-bound to submit his resignation. He could not have been surprised that Jefferson Davis promptly accepted it, though he was disappointed by the speed and enthusiasm with which Davis consented to the end of his tenure. Bragg and Davis were old friends, both heroes of the Battle of Buena Vista when they were much younger men, enjoying happier days. But Missionary Ridge had been too great an embarrassment, and Davis had finally given way to political pressure in Richmond. The President would now face the problem of finding a replacement from among the Confederacy's quarrelsome and unreliable senior officers.