On February 22, 1864, the U.S. War Department issued General Orders, No. 68, announcing a joint resolution extending the Thanks of Congress to William T. Sherman.
General Orders, No. 68
War Department, Adjutant General’s Office
Washington, February 22, 1864
Public Resolution No. 12.
JOINT RESOLUTION tendering the thanks of Congress to Major General W. T. Sherman.
Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the thanks of Congress and of the people of the United States are due, and that the same are hereby tendered, to Major General W. T. Sherman, Commander of the Department and Army of the Tennessee, and the officers and soldiers who served under him, for their gallant and arduous services in marching to the relief of the Army of the Cumberland, and for their gallantry and heroism in the battle of Chattanooga, which contributed in a great degree to the success of our arms in that glorious victory.
Approved February 19, 1864.
By order of the Secretary of War:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
Assistant Adjutant General.