inia, General Robert E. Lee commanding, was on the south bank of the Rapidan, confronting the Army of the Potomac; the second, under General Joseph E. Johnston,
General Johnston was relieved of the command of the Department of Tennessee by General Bragg, July 23d, 1863, and continued in command of the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana.
On December 27th, 1863, he assumed command of the Army of Tennessee, superseding Bragg.--editors. was at Dalton, Georgia, opposed to Sherman, who Bragg.--editors. was at Dalton, Georgia, opposed to Sherman, who was still at Chattanooga.
Besides these main armies, the Confederates had to guard the Shenandoah Valley--a great storehouse to feed their armies from — and their line of communications from Richmond to Tennessee.
Forrest, a brave and intrepid cavalry general, was in the West, with a large force, making a larger command necessary to hold what we had gained in middle and west Tennessee.
We could not abandon any territory north of the line held by the enemy, because it would lay the Northern S