Portrait of David Hunter

On May 21, 1864, Major General Franz Sigel issued General Orders, No. 27 (Department of West Virginia) announcing that Major General David Hunter (pictured here) was replacing him as department commander. [Wikimedia Commons]

General Orders, No. 27 (Department of West Virginia)

May 21, 1864

On May 21, 1864, Major General Franz Sigel issued General Orders, No. 27 (Department of West Virginia) announcing that Major General David Hunter was replacing him as department commander.

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GENERAL ORDERS, No. 27

HDQRS. DEPT. OF WEST VIRGINIA.
Cedar Creek, Va., May 21, 1864.

By an order of the President of the United States, I am relieved from the command of this department. Major-General Hunter, U. S. Volunteers, is my successor. In leaving the troops under my immediate command I feel it my duty to given my most sincere thanks to the officers and men who have assigned me so faithfully during the last campaign. Having no other wishes and aspirations but to serve and to promote the great cause, which we are bound to defend, I hope that final success may crown the indefatigable zeal and good will of this army.

SIGEL, Major-General.

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  • Article Title General Orders, No. 27 (Department of West Virginia)
  • Coverage May 21, 1864
  • Author
  • Keywords Franz Sigel, David Hunter
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date August 2, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update February 11, 2021
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