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Richmond, February 22, 1865.
General J. E. Johnston:
The Secretary of War directs that you report by telegram to General R. E. Lee, Petersburg, Virginia, for orders.

S. Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector-General.

Assume command of the Army of Tennessee and all troops in the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Assign General Beauregard to duty under you as you may select. Concentrate all available forces and drive back Sherman.

R. E. Lee.

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.

J. E. Johnston.

Charlotte, February 28, 1865.
Hon. J. C. Breckenridge, Secretary of War, Richmond:
I respectfully urge that four months pay be immediately given to the troops of this department, and a small part in specie to each private, and that the money be sent to Major Deslond.

Four months pay for twenty thousand men.

J. E. Johnston.

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