Portrait of Joseph Johnston.

On December 16, 1863, Confederate President Jefferson Davis appointed General Joseph E. Johnston (pictured here) to command the Army of Tennessee. [Wikimedia Commons]

Text of Message from Jefferson Davis Appointing Joseph E. Johnston to Command of the Army of Tennessee

December 16, 1863

On December 16, 1863, Confederate President Jefferson Davis appointed General Joseph E. Johnston to command the Army of Tennessee.

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RICHMOND, December 16, 1863.

General J. E. JOHNSTON:

You will turn over the immediate command of the Army of the Mississippi to Lieutenant-General Polk, and proceed to Dalton and assume command of the Army of Tennessee. Give to Lieutenant-General Polk full information as to the condition of the department, and leave with him the officers of the general staff. A letter of instruction will be sent you at Dalton.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

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  • Article Title Text of Message from Jefferson Davis Appointing Joseph E. Johnston to Command of the Army of Tennessee
  • Coverage December 16, 1863
  • Author
  • Keywords Jefferson Davis, Joseph E. Johnston, Army of Tennessee
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 7, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 19, 2022
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