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On August 20, 1861, the US War Department issued General Orders, No. 62, announcing wholesale appointments to fill the ranks of general officers for the new volunteer army. This is a transcript of the appointments to the ranks of major general and brigadier general. Among those promoted were William T. Sherman. [Wikimedia Commons]

General Orders, No. 62 (U.S. War Department)

August 20, 1861

On August 20, 1861, the US War Department issued General Orders, No. 62, announcing wholesale appointments to fill the ranks of general officers for the new volunteer army. This is a transcript of the appointments to the ranks of major general and brigadier general.

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GENERAL ORDERS, No 62

WAR DEP’T, Adjutant General’s Office,
Washington, August 20, 1861.

Appointments made by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and by the President alone, since the adjournment of the Senate, in the Volunteer force raised in conformity with the President’s Proclamation of May 3, 1861, and the acts of Congress approved July 22 and 25, 1861. Those made by the President, alone, are designated by a star.

GENERAL OFFICERS

Nathaniel P. Banks, of Massachusetts, to be Major General, May 16, 1861.

John A. Dix, of New York, to be Major General, May 16, 1861.

Benjamin F. Butler, of Massachusetts, to be Major General, May 16, 1861.

Brigadier General David Hunter, to be Major General, August 13, 1861.

Colonel David Hunter, of the Third Cavalry, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Colonel Samuel P. Heintzelman, of the Seventeenth Infantry, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Colonel Erasmus D. Keyes, of the Eleventh Infantry, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Colonel Andrew Porter, of the Sixteenth Infantry, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Colonel Fitz-John Porter, of the Fifteenth Infantry, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Colonel William B. Franklin, of the Twelfth Infantry, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Colonel William T. Sherman, of the Thirteenth Infantry, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Colonel Charles P. Stone, of the Fourteenth Infantry, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Lieutenant Colonel Don Carlos Buell, Assistant Adjutant General, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Lieutenant Colonel Thomas W. Sherman, of the Fifth Artillery, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Major James Oakes, of the Second Cavalry, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Captain Nathaniel Lyon, of the Second Infantry, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861, (since killed in battle )

Captain John Pope, of the Corps of Topographical Engineers, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

George A. McCall, of Pennsylvania, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

William B. Montgomery, of New Jersey, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Philip Kearny, of New Jersey, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Joseph Hooker, of California, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

John W. Phelps, of Vermont, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Ulysses S. Grant, of Illinois, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Joseph J. Reynolds, of Indiana, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Samuel K. Curtis, of Iowa, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Charles S. Hamilton, of Wisconsin, to be Brigadier General, May 17,1861.

Darius N. Couch, of Massachusetts, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Rufus King, of Wisconsin, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

J. D. Cox, of Ohio, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Stephen A. Hurlbut, of Illinois, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Franz Siegel (sic), of Missouri, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Robert C. Schenck, of Ohio, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

B. M. Prentiss, of Illinois, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Frederick W. Lander, of Virginia, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Edward D. Baker, of Oregon, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

B. F. Kelly, of Virginia, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

John A. McClernand, of Illinois, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

A. S. Williams, of Michigan, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Israel B. Richardson, of Michigan, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

William Sprague, of Rhode Island, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

James Cooper, of Maryland, to be Brigadier General, May 17, 1861.

Ambrose E. Burnside, of Rhode Island, to be Brigadier General, August 6, 1861.

Henry H. Lockwood, of Delaware, to be Brigadier General, August 8, 1861.

Louis Blenker, of New York, to be Brigadier General, August 9, 1861.

Henry W. Slocum, of New York, to be Brigadier General, August 9, 1861.

James S. Wadsworth, of New York, to be Brigadier General, August 9, 1861.

John J. Peck, of New York, to be Brigadier General, August 9, 1861.

J. Ormsby M. Mitchell, of New York, to be Brigadier General, August 9, 1861.

George Morell, of New York, to be Brigadier General, August 9, 1861.

John H. Martindale, of New York, to be Brigadier General, August 9, 1861.

Major George Stoneman, of the First Cavalry, to be Brigadier General, August 13, 1861.

Major Henry W. Benham, of the Corps of Engineers, to be Brigadier General, August 13, 1861.

Captain William F. Smith, of the Corps of Topographical Engineers, to be Brigadier General, August 13, 1861.

James W. Denver, of California, to be Brigadier General, August 14, 1861.

Colonel George H. Thomas, of the Second Cavalry, to be Brigadier General, August 17, 1861.

Egbert L. Viele, of New York, to be Brigadier General, August 17, 1861.

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  • Article Title General Orders, No. 62 (U.S. War Department)
  • Coverage August 20, 1861
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  • Keywords general orders
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 28, 2021
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  • Date of Last Update February 11, 2021
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