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.
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,