On July 25, 1864, the U.S. War Department issued General Orders, No. 234, assigning Brevet Major General George Crook to command the Department of West Virginia.
General Orders, No. 234
War Department, Adjutant General’s Office
Washington, July 25, 1864
I.. Brevet Major General George Crook, U. S. Volunteers, is specially assigned by the President to command in the Department of West Virginia, with the rank of Brevet Major General.
II.. By direction of the President, Brevet Major General W. H. Emory, U. S. Volunteers, is assigned to duty according to his brevet of Major General.
BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:
Assistant Adjutant General.