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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

February 22, 1865

Johnston Reappointed Commander of the Army of Tennessee

General Robert E. Lee, commander of all Confederate armies, issued Special Order No. 3, naming General Joseph E. Johnston commander the Army of Tennessee and of all troops in the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Privately, Lee telegraphed Johnston with instructions:

“Concentrate all available forces and drive back Sherman.”

Johnston, however, had to telegraph Lee back:

“It is too late to expect me to concentrate troops capable of driving back Sherman. The remnant of the Army of Tennessee is much divided. So are other troops. … Is any discretion allowed me? I have no staff.”