On November 8, 1862, the U.S. War Department issued General Orders No. 184, naming Major General Nathaniel P. Banks as commander of the Department of the Gulf.
GENERAL ORDERS, No, 184
War Dep’t, Adjutant General’s Office,
Washington, November 8, 1862
By direction of the President of the United States, Major General N.P. Banks is assigned to the command of the Department of the Gulf, including the State of Texas.
By Order of the Secretary of War:
E.D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant General.