On October 7, 1861, General Winfield Scott issued General Orders No. 6, ordering Brigadier General Robert Anderson to relinquish command of the Department of the Cumberland to Brigadier General William T. Sherman.
GENERAL ORDERS, NO. 6
Headquarters Department of the Cumberland,
Louisville, Ky., October 7, 1861.
The following telegraphic order was received yesterday at these headquarters:
“To give you rest necessary to restoration of health, call Brigadier-General Sherman to command the Department of the Cumberland. Turn over to him your instructions, and report here in person as soon as you may, without retarding your recovery.
Washington, D. C, October 6, 1861.