Monday, December 16, 2013

December 16, 1863: Jefferson Davis orders Joseph Johnston to Georgia


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.

JEFFERSON DAVIS.

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