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On July 11, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued an executive order naming Major General Henry Halleck as General-in-Chief of all U.S. land forces. [Wikimedia Commons]

Text of President Abraham Lincoln's Executive Order Naming Major General Henry Halleck as General-in-Chief of All U.S. Land Forces

July 11, 1862

On July 11, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued an executive order naming Major General Henry Halleck as General-in-Chief of all U.S. land forces.

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Executive Order – Making Henry W. Halleck General-in-Chief

July 11, 1862

Ordered, That Major-General Henry W. Halleck be assigned to command the whole land forces of the United States as General in Chief, and that he repair to this capital as soon as he can with safety to the positions and operations within the department under his charge.

A. LINCOLN.

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  • Article Title Text of President Abraham Lincoln's Executive Order Naming Major General Henry Halleck as General-in-Chief of All U.S. Land Forces
  • Coverage July 11, 1862
  • Author
  • Keywords lincoln, halleck
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date May 28, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update May 3, 2022
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