Portrait of Joseph Johnston.

On July 17, 1864, Samuel Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General of the Confederate Army informed General Joseph E. Johnston (pictured here) that he was relieved from command of the Army and Department of Tennessee. [Wikimedia Commons]

Message Relieving Joseph E. Johnston from Command of the Army of Tennessee

July 17, 1864

On July 17, 1864, Samuel Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General of the Confederate Army informed General Joseph E. Johnston that he was relieved from command of the Army and Department of Tennessee.

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RICHMOND, July 17, 1864.

General J. E. JOHNSTON:

Lieut. Gen. J. B. Hood has been commissioned to the temporary rank of general under the late law of Congress. I am directed by the Secretary of War to inform you that as you have failed to arrest the advance of the enemy to the vicinity of Atlanta, far in the interior of Georgia, and express no confidence that you can defeat or repel him. You are hereby relieved from the command of the Army and Department of Tennessee, which you will immediately turn over to General Hood.

S. COOPER,
Adjutant and Inspector General.

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  • Article Title Message Relieving Joseph E. Johnston from Command of the Army of Tennessee
  • Coverage July 17, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords Samuel Cooper, Joseph E. Johnston, Army of Tennessee
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 31, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update February 11, 2021
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