WHEREAS no legal State governments or adequate protection for life or property now exists in the rebel States of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, Texas, and Arkansas; and whereas it is necessary that peace and good order should be enforced in said States until loyal and republican State governments can be legally established... Be it enacted . . ., That said rebel States shall be divided into military districts and made subject to the military authority of the United States as hereinafter prescribed, and for that purpose Virginia shall constitute the first district; North Carolina and South Carolina the second district; Georgia, Alabama, and Florida the third district; Mississippi and Arkansas the fourth district; and Louisiana and Texas the fifth district. From the First Reconstruction Act The Reconstruction Act of March 2, 1867 created five Military Districts into which the ten unreconstructed Southern states were placed for administration. These Military Districts were each commanded by a United States army officer of no less than the rank of Brigadier General. I want to use this thread to look at the Military Districts, post factual information about them, and use this as a resource and jumping off point for other threads on the Military Districts and Reconstruction.