24 October 1863: “…the undersigned hereby assumes Command of the Department and Army of the Tennessee.”"

Item Description: General Orders, dated 24 October 1863, signed by Major General William T. Sherman and written to Major General James McPherson.  In this order, Sherman assumes command of the Department and Army of the Tennessee and names R. M. Sawyer as his Chief of Staff.

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Item citation: From folder 9 of the William Asbury Whitaker Papers, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

Head quarters

Department and Army of the Tenn.

Iuka, Miss. October 24. 1863.

General Orders

No. 1}

I. Pursuant to General Order No. 2 from Head quarters Military Division of the Mississippi, Louisville Ky. of date October 19, 1863. the undersigned hereby assumes Command of the Department and Army of the Tennessee.

II. Major R. M. Sawyer, Assistant Adjutant General, is announced as Chief of Staff.

W. T. Sherman

Major General

 

Maj. Genl. Jas. B. McPherson

Comd’g. 17th Army Corps

Vicksburg, Miss.

 

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