General Orders, No. 5 (U.S. War Department)

January 17, 1865

Issued by the U.S. War Department on January 17, 1865, General Orders No. 5 merged the Department of the Ohio into the Department of the Cumberland.

Portrait of Thomas Ewing, Jr.

Issued by the U.S. War Department on January 17, 1865, General Orders No. 5 merged the Department of the Ohio into the Department of the Cumberland commanded by George H. Thomas. [Library of Congress]

GENERAL ORDERS NO. 5.

Washington, January 17, 1865.

I. By direction of the President, the Department of the Ohio is united to that of the Cumberland, which will embrace such parts of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia as may be occupied by troops under the command of Major-General Thomas.

II. Major-General Schofield will turn over to General Thomas all archives, papers, &c., appertaining to the headquarters of the Department of the Ohio.

By order of the Secretary of War:

W. A. NICHOLS,

Assisting Adjutant-General.

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  • Article Title General Orders, No. 5 (U.S. War Department)
  • Date January 17, 1865
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  • Keywords Department of the Ohio, Department of the Cumberland.
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date June 13, 2024
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 18, 2024

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