July 17, 1864
On July 17, 1864, Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston issued General Orders, No. 4 (AoT), relinquishing his command of the Army of Tennessee to General John Bell Hood.
GENERAL ORDERS, No. 4.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF TENNESSEE,
July 17, 1864.
In obedience to orders of the War Department, I turn over to General Hood the command of the Army and Department of Tennessee. I cannot leave this noble army without expressing my admiration of the high military qualities it has displayed. A long and arduous campaign has made conspicuous every soldierly virtue, endurance of toil, obedience to orders and brilliant courage. The enemy has never attacked but to be repulsed and severely punished. You, soldiers, have never argued but from your courage and never counted your foes. No longer your leader, I will still watch your career and will rejoice in your victories. To one and all I offer assurances of my friendship, and bid an affectionate farewell.