On this day 150 years ago, Jefferson Davis ordered General Joseph E. Johnston to take command in Georgia.
RICHMOND, December 16, 1863.
General J. E. JOHNSTON:
You will turn over the immediate command of the Army of the Mississippi to Lieutenant-General Polk, and proceed to Dalton and assume command of the Army of Tennessee. Give to Lieutenant-General Polk full information as to the condition of the department, and leave with him the officers of the general staff. A letter of instructions will be sent you at Dalton.