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Department of Tennessee, Confederate Army, United States Civil War

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Department of Tennessee was established July 25, 1863. Denominated as Department of Tennessee and Georgia August 15, 1864.[1]

Commanded by: General Braxton Bragg, assumed August 6, 1863; relinquished December 2, 1863. Lieutenant General W J Hardee, assigned temporarily December 2, 1863; relieved December 22, 1863. Lieutenant General L Polk in command temporarily August 1863, and December 23 to 27, 1863. General J E Johnston, assigned December 18, 1863; assumed December 27, 1863; relieved July 18, 1864; reassumed February 25, 1865. General J B Hood, assigned July 18, 1864. General G T Beauregard, announced as second in command March 16, 1865.[1]


July 1863 Boundary

Extended, July 25, 1863, to embrace the country now included in the Department of East Tennessee and west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in North Carolina, and a line running south to the Georgia Railroad; thence along the line of railroad, via Atlanta, to West Point; from that place north to Tennessee River, and down that stream to its mouth. Extended, February 13, 1864: Bounded on the north and east by the country east of the Tennessee and Clinch rivers and Emery's Creek and a line south of source of Little Tennessee River to Greensboro, Georgia; on the south and west by the Georgia Railroad from that place to Atlanta, Georgia, and the Montgomery & West Point Railroad to West Point, Georgia; the country west of the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers, and of the Alabama and Georgia State line until it strikes the south eastern corner of Calhoun County, Alabama; thence along the southern line of Calhoun, St Clair, Blount, Morgan, Lawrence and Franklin counties, Alabama; thence along the Alabama and Mississippi State line to the Tennessee River; along that river to its confluence with Ohio River. All the country north of the counties named above come within the limit of General Bragg's Department.

March 1864 Boundary

More particularly defined March 25, 1864: From Gunter's Landing, on Tennessee River, in a direct line to Gadsden, on Coosa River; thence down that river to its junction with the Tallapoosa River; thence in a direct line to the intersection of the northern boundary of Florida with the Chattahoochee River, and down that river and bay to the Gulf. All west of said line will be considered in the Department of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana; and east of that line, from the northern boundary of Florida at its intersection by the Chattahoochee River, in the Department of Tennessee.[1]

August 1864 Boundary

Extended August 15, 1864, to include all the State of Georgia north and west of following line: Commencing at Augusta and running along the Augusta & Savannah Railroad to Millen; thence along the western boundary lines to the counties of Bullock and Tatnall; thence along the south bank of the Ocmulgee River to the northeast corner of Irwin County; thence south to the Florida line; thence along the Florida line to the Apalachicola River.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Confederate Soldier in the Civil War, 1861-1865, Benjamin La Bree, 1897, page 341.

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