On November 14, 1864, the U.S. War Department issued General Orders, No. 282, announcing the resignation of George B. McClellan and the appointment of Philip H. Sheridan as Major General.
General Orders, No. 282
War Department, Adjutant General’s Office
Washington, November 14, 1864
Ordered by the President.
I.. That the resignation of GEORGE B. MCCLELLAN, as Major General in the United States Army, dated November 8, and received by the Adjutant General on the 10th instant, be accepted as of the 8th of November.
II.. That for the personal gallantry, military skill, and just confidence in the courage and patriotism of his troops, displayed by PHILIP H. SHERIDAN, on the 19th day of October, at Cedar Run, whereby, under the blessing of Providence, his routed army was reorganized, a great national disaster averted, and a brilliant victory achieved over the rebels for the third time in pitched battle within thirty days, PHILIP H. SHERIDAN is appointed Major General in the United States Army, to rank as such from the 8th day of November, 1864.
BY ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES:
Assistant Adjutant General.