On Wednesday, December 2, 1863 at Dalton, Georgia, Braxton Bragg formally turned over command of the Confederate Army of the Tennessee to General William Hardee. Bragg reminded the army of his two year association with it and solicited support for its new commander.
Hardee, however, would not long remain in command. He acknowledged that the command of the Army of Tennessee was so great that he had no confidence in himself to effectively lead that force. In truth, Hardee had joined the cabal of officers who convinced Jefferson Davis to remove Bragg from command and may very well have understood that his undercutting of Bragg might have potentially poisoned his own relationship with his subordinates. Davis would appoint Joseph Johnston on December 16 to command the Army of Tennessee.