On May 10, 1861, Major General Robert E. Lee issued General Orders, No. 13, announcing that he had been ordered to assume the control of the forces of the Confederate States in Virginia.
GENERAL ORDERS, No. 13
HEADQUARTERS VIRGINIA FORCES,
Richmond Va., May 10, 1861.
The following telegraphic dispatch has this day been received, and is published for the information of all concerned:
MONTGOMERY, ALA., May 10, 1861.
Maj. Gen R. E. LEE:
To prevent confusion, you will assume the control of the forces of the Confederate States in Virginia, and assign them to such duties as you may indicate, until further orders, for which this will be your authority.
Secretary of War.
Officers of the Confederate States Army now serving in Virginia will accordingly report (by letter) to the adjutant-general of the Virginia forces their present stations, the nature of the orders under which they are acting, and, if in command of troops, their numbers and organization.
By command of Major-General Lee: