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This day in Civil War history – General Order 20

Not much going on in January of 1863, so this order issued on January 25th, seems to be it.

I’m copying it verbatum.

I. The President of the United States has directed:1st. That Major-General A. E. Burnside, at his own request, be relieved from the command of the Army of the Potomac.

2d. That Major-General E. V. Sumner, at his own request, be relieved from duty in the Army of the Potomac.

3d. That Major-General W. B. Franklin be relieved from duty in the Army of the Potomac.

4th. That Major-General J. Hooker be assigned to the command of the Army of the Potomac.

II. The officers relieved as above will report in person to the adjutant-general of the army.

It seems Burnside gave Lincoln an ultimatum that he remove several of his other generals or Burnside would resign. As a result, Lincoln removed Burnside and appointed General Hooker as commander of the Army of the Potomac.

More info at these sites:

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=88

http://blueandgraytrail.com/date/January_25

http://www.civilwarinteractive.com/This%20Day/thisday0125.htm

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3 Responses

  1. Guess that didn’t work out too well for General Burnside. I wonder how the others felt about it.

  2. Hi, Ally! Lincoln had so much trouble with his generals early in the war, I wonder if it would have lasted four years without all the mismanagement and conflict.

  3. Sounds like someone got a little over confident in himself. Good for Lincoln.

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