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|i agree that johnston would have faired better at atlanta, but the fact is that Hood was in command... not johnston. Hood knew he couldnt hold off sherman during a siege, and by time he took command he was already at the gates of atlanta so he couldnt choose his own battlefield. To save atlanta he would have had to defeat sherman and drive him back to chattanooga. how long could hood last in a siege before his men starved? Once it became obvious that he could not beat sherman at atlanta he abandoned it and moved on tennessee hoping sherman would follow... we look back on it with 20/20 hindsight, hood didnt have that luxury.