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Southern Department of the Continental Army
February 27, 1776 The Continental Congress creates the Southern Military Department of Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia.
  Southern Department of the Continental Army
  Georgia and the American Revolution
March 1, 1776 Major General Charles Lee is appointed head of the Southern Department
  Southern Department of the Continental Army
September 9, 1776 Major General Charles Lee is replaced as commander of the Southern Department by Robert Howe, who is promoted to Major General
  Southern Department of the Continental Army
September 25, 1777 Major General Robert Howe is replaced by Major General Benjamin Lincoln as commander of the Southern Department
  Southern Department of the Continental Army
October 31, 1780 Major General Benjamin Lincoln is replaced by Major General Nathanael Greene as commander of the Southern Department
  Nathanael Greene
  Southern Department of the Continental Army


From its creation in 1776 until the end of the Revolutionary War, Continental troops in the state of Georgia were assigned by the Southern Department. The state had varying regard for each of the commanders, creating counties named for two of them (Lincoln and Greene).




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