On July 12, 1863, Brigadier General Quincy A. Gillmore issued General Orders, No. 47 announcing that he had assumed command of the Department of the South.
General Orders, No. 47
HDQRS. DEPT. OF THE SOUTH
Hilton Head, Port Royal, S. C., July 12, 1863
I. By direction of the President, as announced in special orders from the headquarters of the Army, dated Washington, June 3, 1863, the undersigned hereby assumes command of the Department of the South.
II. All orders and regulations established by Major-General Hunter, and now in operation, will remain in full force until otherwise ordered.
Q. A. GILLMORE,