On September 28, 1864, General John Bell Hood issued Special Orders, No. 5, Department of Tennessee and Georgia, announcing that William J. Hardee was relieved from duty with the Army of Tennessee.
SPECIAL ORDERS, No. 5.
HDQRS. DEPT. OF TENN. AND GA.,
In the Field, September 28, 1864.
I. By direction of the President, Lient. Gen. W. J. Hardee is relieved from duty in the Army of Tennessee, and will proceed at once to Charleston, S. C., and assume command of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. He is authorized to take with him such officers of the general staff at present serving at corps headquarters as may be agreed upon by himself and Major-General Cheatham.
II. Maj. Gen. Howell Cobb, Provisional Army, is assigned to the command of a district within the Department of Tennessee and Georgia, to be known as the District of Georgia, embracing all that portion of time State of Georgia included within the limits of this department, excepting that portion lying in the immediate vicinity of the Army of Tennessee.
III. The commanding officers of all posts included in the District of Georgia, as well as all commanders of bodies of detached troops, will report in future to Major-General Cobb.
By command of General Hood:
A. P. MASON,
Major and Assistant Adjutant-General.