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The Lee Family Digital Archive is the largest online source for primary source materials concerning the Lee family of Virginia. It contains published and unpublished items, some well known to historians, others that are rare or have never before been put online. We are always looking for new letters, diaries, and books to add to our website. Do you have a rare item that you would like to donate or share with us? If so, please contact our editor, Colin Woodward, at  (804) 493-1940, about how you can contribute to this historic project.


 

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ADJUTANT AND INSPECTOR GENERAL’S OFFICE,

Richmond, February 6, 1865.

 

GENERAL ORDERS,

No. 3

I.                    The Following Act of Congress is published for the information of the army:

 

An Act to provide for the appointment of a General in Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States.

 

“SECTION 1. The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That there shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, an officer, who shall be known and designated as ‘General in Chief,’ who shall be ranking officer of the army, and as such, shall have command of the military forces of the Confederate States.

SEC. 2. That the act providing a staff for the General who may be assigned to duty at the Seat of Government, is hereby repealed, and that the General in Chief, who may be appointed under the provisions of this act, shall have a staff not less than that now allowed a General in the field, to be assigned by the President, or to be appointed by him, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.” [Approved 23d January 1865.]

II.                  General ROBERT E. LEE having been duly appointed General in Chief of the Armies of the Confederate States, will assume the duties thereof, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly.

III.                General Orders, No. 23, of 1864, is hereby revoked.

By order.

S. Cooper

Adjutant and Inspector General

 

Source: The Archives of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, Papers of the Lee Family, Box 4, M2009.323, Jessie Ball duPont Library, Stratford Hall.

 

Transcribed by Colin Woodward, 2015 September 18. Copy on file is from the Record Division of the [then] War Department.

 

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