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This Day in Georgia History

February 22, 1865

Lee Appointed Johnston Head of Georgia Troops

Gen. Robert E. Lee, commander of all Confederate armies, issued Special Order No. 3 naming Gen. Joseph E. Johnston commander of the Army of Tennessee and all troops in the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Lee’s order also placed Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard under Johnston. 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. I will get information from General Beauregard as soon as practicable. Is any discretion allowed me? I have no staff.”