Portrait of Richard Taylor

On January 23, 1865, Lieutenant General Richard Taylor informed the assistant adjutant general of the Confederacy that he had assumed command of the Army of Tennessee. [Wikimedia Commons]

Text of Message from Richard Taylor Announcing that He Had Assumed Command of the Army of Tennessee

January 23, 1865

On January 23, 1865, Lieutenant General Richard Taylor informed the assistant adjutant general of the Confederacy that he had assumed command of the Army of Tennessee.

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HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TENNESSEE
Tupelo, January 23, 1865.

COL. GEORGE WILLIAM BRENT,
Assistant Adjutant- General, Montgomery, Ala.:

COLONEL: General Hood desiring to leave, I have to-day assumed command of this army without waiting longer for a response from the President. Inclosed is a copy of the order from the general commanding, under which I have assumed command, the original having been left with me with blank date, with directions to advise you of the date of its going into effect. General Hood left this morning for Richmond.

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I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant

R. TAYLOR,
Lieutenant-General

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  • Article Title Text of Message from Richard Taylor Announcing that He Had Assumed Command of the Army of Tennessee
  • Coverage January 23, 1865
  • Author
  • Keywords Richard Taylor, Army of Tennessee
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date August 12, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 19, 2022
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