December 27, 1863
---Gen. Joseph E. Johnston arrives in Dalton, Georgia to assume command of the Army of Tennessee, and finds to his surprise an army in dire straits. Fewer than 37,000 men are on the rolls, and many thousands are absent from camp. Discipline and morale are low, and the men are barefooted, poorly clothed, and without shelter in increasingly inclement weather. Johnston immediately goes to work at bringing deserters in from the outlying regions, getting rations and supplies, and bolstering morale.