Text of Message from Robert E. Lee Assigning Joseph E. Johnston to Command of Troops in Carolinas

February 22, 1865

On February 22, 1865, Robert E. Lee (pictured here) ordered General Joseph Johnston to "Assume command of the Army of Tennessee and all troops in Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida."

Portrait of Robert E. Lee

On February 22, 1865, Robert E. Lee (pictured here) ordered General Joseph Johnston to “Assume command of the Army of Tennessee and all troops in Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.” [Wikimedia Commons]

HEADQUARTERS,
February 22, 1865.

General J. E. JOHNSTON:

Assume command of the Army of Tennessee and all troops in Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Assign General Beauregard to duty under you, as you may select. Concentrate all available forces and drive back Sherman.

R. E. LEE.

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  • Article Title Text of Message from Robert E. Lee Assigning Joseph E. Johnston to Command of Troops in Carolinas
  • Date February 22, 1865
  • Author
  • Keywords Robert E. Lee, Joseph Johnston, Army of Tennessee
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date May 28, 2024
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 18, 2024

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