Portrait of Joseph Johnston.

On February 22, 1865, Robert E. Lee issued Special Orders, No. 3 (Armies of the Confederate States) placing General Joseph E. Johnston (pictured here) in charge of the merged Department of Tennessee and Georgia, and the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. [Wikimedia Commons]

Special Orders, No. 3 (Armies of the Confederate States)

February 22, 1865

On February 22, 1865, Robert E. Lee issued Special Orders, No. 3 (Armies of the Confederate States) placing General Joseph E. Johnston in charge of the merged Department of Tennessee and Georgia, and the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

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SPECIAL ORDERS. No. 3.

HDQRS. ARMIES CONFEDERATE STATES,
February 22, 1865.

I. General J. E. Johnston, C. S. Army, is hereby assigned to the command of the two military departments known as the Department of Tennessee and Georgia, and the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and the troops therein. He will proceed to effect a concentration of all available forces, and make the necessary dispositions to thwart the designs of the enemy operating in those departments.

II. General G. T. Beauregard, C. S. Army, will report to General J. E. Johnston, commanding, &c., for assignment to such duty as he deems most advisable.

By command of General H. E. Lee:

W. H. TAYLOR,
Assistant Adjutant-General

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  • Article Title Special Orders, No. 3 (Armies of the Confederate States)
  • Coverage February 22, 1865
  • Author
  • Keywords Robert E. Lee, General Joseph E. Johnston, Department of Tennessee and Georgia, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date August 1, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update February 11, 2021
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