On March 13, 1862, Confederate Secretary of War Judah P. Benjamin issued General Orders, No. 14, announcing that Jefferson Davis had appointed Robert E. Lee as his adviser for "conduct of military operations in the armies of the Confederacy."
GENERAL ORDERS, No. 14.
ADJT. AND INSP. GEN.S OFFICE
Richmond, March 13, 1862.
General Robert E. Lee is assigned to duty at the seat of government; and, under the direction of the President, is charged with the conduct of military operations in the armies of the Confederacy.
By command of the Secretary of War:
Adjutant and inspector General.