On Board Steamer Bat from City Point to New Bern
Changes to my army are officially approved. The left wing is a distinct army, under the title of “the Army of Georgia,” under command of General Slocum, with his two corps commanded by General Jeff. C. Davis and General Joseph A. Mower; the Tenth and Twenty-third Corps already constituted another army, “of the Ohio,” under the command of Major-General Schofield, and his two corps were commanded by Generals J. D. Cox and A. H. Terry. These changes are necessary, because army commanders only can order courts-martial, grant discharges, and perform many other matters of discipline and administration which are indispensable. My chief purpose is to prepare the whole army to fight both Lee’s and Johnston’s armies combined, in case their junction could be formed before General Grant could possibly follow Lee to North Carolina.