Official Confederate Documents of the Civil War Indexed by Date (1861 - 1865)

Updated: March 15, 2017

Below is an annotated list of links to official Confederate Civil War documents related to entries in Ohio Civil War Central. The list is indexed by date. Click on any link to view a transcript of the selected document.

General Orders, No. 1 (Virginia Forces), April 23, 1861
Robert E. Lee announced that he was assuming command of the military and naval forces of Virginia.

Message Assigning Thomas J. Jackson to Command of Harpers Ferry, April 27, 1861
Robert E. Lee ordered Colonel Thomas J. Jackson to take command of Harpers Ferry, Virginia.

General Orders, No. 13 (Virginia Forces), May 10, 1861
Robert E. Lee announced that he had been ordered to assume the control of the forces of the Confederate States in Virginia.

Message Assigning Joseph E. Johnston to Command of Harpers Ferry, May 15, 1861
Joseph E. Johnston assigned to command the troops near Harpers Ferry, Virginia.

Special Orders, No. 95 (Virginia Forces), May 21, 1861
Robert E. Lee assigned Milledge Luke Bonham to command Virginia's troops on the Alexandria Line.

Orders, No. --, May 24, 1861
Joseph E. Johnston announced that he had assumed command of the Confederate forces in the vicinity of Harpers Ferry, Virginia.

General Orders, No. 20 (AOP-CSA), June 20, 1861
P.G.T. Beauregard referred, for the first time, to the troops under his command as the Army of the Potomac.

Special Orders, No. - (CSA), July 21, 1861
Joseph E. Johnston approved Brigadier P.G.T. Beauregard's plan of attack for the Battle of Bull Run I.

Special Orders, No. 149 (CSA War Dept.), September 10, 1861
Confederate War Department appointed Albert Sidney Johnston to command forces in the Western Theater.

General Orders, No. 31 (AOP/CSA), September 25, 1861
Joseph E. Johnston created the 2nd Corps of the Army of the Potomac.

General Orders, No. 15 (CSA) October 22, 1861 
Created the Department of Northern Virginia, composed of the Valley District, the Potomac District, and the Aquia District.

Special Orders, No. 486 (AOP/CSA), November 4, 1861
Joseph E. Johnston ordered Thomas J. Jackson to take command of the Valley District of the Department of Northern Virginia.

Romney Expedition Petition, January 25, 1862
Petition from Brigadier General William W. Loring's officers to be recalled from Romney.

General Orders, No. 17 (DNV/CSA), January 30, 1862 
Joseph E. Johnston announced that P.G.T. Beauregard had been transferred out of the Department of Northern Virginia.

Special Orders. No. 45 (CSA), February 25, 1862
Appointed Kirby Smith to command the Department of East Tennessee.

Message from P.G.T. Beauregard Assuming Command of the Army of the Mississippi, March 5, 1862
P.G.T. Beauregard announced that he was assuming command of the Army of the Mississippi.

General Orders, No. 14 (CSA), March 13, 1862
Judah P. Benjamin announced that Jefferson Davis had appointed Robert E. Lee as his military adviser.

General Orders, No. 1-8 (Headquarters of Forces at Corinth, Mississippi), March 29, 1862
Albert Sidney Johnston reorganized the troops under his command in the Western Military Department.

General Orders, No. 37 (Headquarters of the Forces, CSA), May 6, 1862
P.G.T. Beauregard placed Braxton Bragg in command of the Army of the Mississippi.

Special Orders, No. 22 (CSA), June 1, 1862
Robert E. Lee took command of Confederate troops that would be known as the Army of Northern Virginia.

Message from Jefferson Davis Assigning Robert E. Lee to Command the Army of Northern Virginia, June 1, 1862
Jefferson Davis assigned Robert E. Lee. to command of the troops that would be known as the Army of Northern Virginia.

General Orders, No. 75 (Headquarters Western Department, CSA), June 17, 1862
P.G.T. Beauregard announced that he was temporarily transferring command of the Army of the Mississippi to Braxton Bragg.

General Orders, No. 76 (Headquarters Western Department, CSA), June 17, 1862
Braxton Bragg announced that he had assumed temporary command of the Army of the Mississippi.

Message from Jefferson Davis Appointing Braxton Bragg to Command the Western Department, June 20, 1862
Jefferson Davis informed Braxton Bragg that Bragg was replacing P.G.T. Beauregard as permanent commander of the Western Department.

Message from Braxton Bragg Assuming Command of the Army of the Mississippi (CSA), June 27, 1862
Braxton Bragg announced that he was taking command of the Army of the Mississippi.

General Orders, No. 22 (Headquarters of the Army of the Mississippi CSA), July 5, 1862
Braxton Bragg relinquished command of the Army of the Mississippi to Major General William J. Hardee.

General Orders, No. 116 (Department No. 2, CSA), August 15, 1862
Braxton Bragg announced that he was resuming command of the Army of the Mississippi.

General Orders, No. 143 (Department No. 2, CSA), November 7, 1862
Braxton Bragg resumed his command of the Army of the Mississippi.

General Orders, No. 151 (Department No. 2, CSA), November 20, 1862
Braxton Bragg re-designated the Army of the Mississippi as the Army of Tennessee.

Message from Jefferson Davis Relieving Leonidas Polk from Duty with the Army of Tennessee, October 23, 1863
Jefferson Davis relieved Leonidas Polk that from duty with the Army of Tennessee.

Message from Braxton Bragg Requesting to be Relieved from Command of the Army of Tennessee
Created the Department of the Shenandoah, under the command of Nathaniel P. Banks, and also defined George B. McClellan's command.

Message from Jefferson Davis Relieving Braxton Bragg from Command of the Army of Tennessee, November 29, 1863
Braxton Bragg asked to be relieved from command of the Army Tennessee.

General Orders, No. 24, Army of Tennessee (CSA), December 2, 1863
Braxton Bragg announced that William J. Hardee was replacing him as commander of the Army of Tennessee.

Message from William J. Hardee Assuming Command of the Army of Tennessee, December 2, 1863
William J Hardee announced that he was assuming command of the Army of Tennessee.

Message from Jefferson Davis Appointing Joseph E. Johnston to Command of the Army of Tennessee, December 16, 1863
Jefferson Davis appointed General Joseph E. Johnston to command the Army of Tennessee.

General Orders, No. 1 (Army of Tennessee), December 27, 1863
Joseph E. Johnston announced that he was assuming command of the Army of Tennessee.

General Orders, No. 23 (CSA), February 24, 1864
Braxton Bragg was appointed as a military consultant to Jefferson Davis.

Message Relieving Joseph E. Johnston from Command of the Army of Tennessee, July 17, 1864
Joseph E. Johnston was relieved from command of the Army and Department of Tennessee..

General Orders, No. 4, Army of Tennessee (CSA), July 17, 1864
Joseph E. Johnston relinquished command of the Army of Tennessee to General John Bell Hood..

Message to Jefferson Davis from Hood, Hardee, and Stewart Regarding Hood's Appointment as Commander of Army of Tennessee, July 18, 1864
John Bell Hood, William J. Hardee, and Alex P. Stewart question the timing of Hood's appointment as commander of the Army of Tennessee.

Message from Jefferson Davis to Hood, Hardee, and Stewart Regarding Hood's Appointment as Commander of the Army of Tennessee, July 18, 1864
Jefferson Davis responded to John Bell Hood, William J. Hardee, and Alex Stewart message questioning the timing of Hood's appointment as commander of the Army of Tennessee.

Message from John Bell Hood Regarding His Appointment as Commander of the Army of Tennessee, July 18, 1864
John Bell Hood acknowledged, but questioned, the timing of his appointment as commander of the Army of Tennessee..

Message from Joseph E. Johnston Reacting to Orders to Transfer Command of the Army of Tennessee to John Bell Hood, July 18, 1864
Joseph E. Johnston replied to orders to relinquish command of the Army of Tennessee.

Message from John Bell Hood Confirming He Had Assumed Command of the Department and Army of Tennessee, July 18, 1864
John Bell Hood informed Jefferson Davis that he had assumed command of the army of Tennessee.

Message from Jefferson Davis Relieving William J. Hardee from Duty with the Army of Tennessee, September 28, 1864
Jefferson Davis ordered John Bell Hood to relieve William J. Hardee from duty with the Army of Tennessee..

Special Orders, No. 5 (Department of Tennessee and Georgia, CSA), September 28, 1864
John Bell Hood announced that William J. Hardee was relieved from duty with the Army of Tennessee.

Hardee's Farewell Address to Hardee's Corps (AoT), September 28, 1864
William J. Hardee bid farewell to the soldiers of Hardee's Corps, Army of Tennessee.

Message Assigning William J. Hardee to Command of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, October 6, 1864
William J. Hardee was appointed commander of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Message from William J. Hardee Assuming Command of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, October 6, 1864
William J. Hardee announced that he had assumed command of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Message from John Bell Hood Announcing His Relief from Command of the Army of Tennessee, January 23, 1865
John Bell Hood announced that he had been relieved of command of the Army of Tennessee at his own request.

Special Field Orders No. __ (Headquarters, Military Division of the West, CSA), January 23, 1865
P.G.T. Beauregard issued an unnumbered special field order announcing that Lieutenant General Richard Taylor was replacing General John Bell Hood as commander of the Army of Tennessee.

Message from Richard Taylor Announcing that He Had Assumed Command of the Army of Tennessee, January 23, 1865
Lieutenant General Richard Taylor informed the assistant adjutant general of the Confederacy that he had assumed command of the Army of Tennessee.

Message Announcing Robert E. Lee's Confirmation as General-in-Chief of the Armies of the Confederacy, February 1, 1865
Samuel Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector General (CSA) informed Robert E. Lee that the Confederate Senate had confirmed his appointment as general-in-chief of the Armies of the Confederacy.

General Orders, No. 3 (CSA), February 6, 1865
Samuel Cooper, Adjutant and Inspector General (CSA) issued General Orders, No. 3 announcing that Robert E. Lee was appointed General-in-Chief of the Confederate Armies.

General Orders, No. 1 (CSA), February 9, 1865
Samuel Cooper, Adjutant and Robert E. Lee issued General Orders, No. 1 (CSA) announcing that he had assumed command of the military forces of the Confederate States.

Message from Robert E. Lee Assigning Joseph E. Johnston to Command of Troops in Carolinas, February 22, 1865
Robert E. Lee assigned Joseph E. Johnston to Assume to command of the Army of Tennessee and all troops in Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Message from Joseph E. Johnston Regarding Robert E. Lee's Order to Drive Back Sherman, February 22, 1865
Joseph E. Johnston responded to Robert E. Lee's orders to consolidate the Confederate troops in the Carolinas and drive back William T. Sherman.

Special Orders, No. 3 (Armies of the Confederate States), February 22, 1865
Robert E. Lee placed Joseph E. Johnston in charge of the merged Department of Tennessee and Georgia, and the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

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