George McClellan, Portrait

On August 22, 1861, the US War Department issued General Orders, No. 64, announcing 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 George B. McClellan (pictured here). [Wikimedia Commons]

General Orders, No. 64 (U.S. War Department)

August 22, 1861

On August 22, 1861, the US War Department issued General Orders, No. 64, announcing 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. 64

War Dep’t, Adjutant General’s Office
Washington, August 22, 1861

Promotions and appointments in the Army of the United States, made by the PRESIDENT, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, since the publication of “General Orders” Nos. 21, 24 and 41 of this year, and by the PRESIDENT, alone, since the adjournment of the Senate. Those made by the PRESIDENT, alone, are designated by a star.

2. – Appointments

General Officers

George B. McClellan, of Ohio, to be Major General, May 14, 1861, to fill an original vacancy.

John C. Fremont, of California, to be Major General, May 14, 1861, to fill an original vacancy.

*Henry W. Halleck, of California, to be Major General, August 19, 1861, to fill an original vacancy.

Colonel and Brevet Brigadier General Joseph K.F. Mansfield, Inspector General, to be Brigadier General, May 14, 1861, to fill an original vacancy.

Brevet Major Irvin McDowell, Assistant Adjutant General, to be Brigadier General, May 14, 1861, to fill an original vacancy.

*Major Robert Anderson, of the First Artillery, to be Brigadier General, May 15, 1861, to fill an original vacancy.

William S. Rosecrans, of Ohio, to be Brigadier General, May 16, 1861, to fill an original vacancy.

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  • Article Title General Orders, No. 64 (U.S. War Department)
  • Coverage August 22, 1861
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  • Keywords general orders
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date December 5, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update February 11, 2021
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