Portrait of Henry Halleck

On January 30, 1865, Major General Henry W. Halleck (pictured here) ordered Major General Quincy A. Gillmore to relieve Major General John G. Foster as commander of the Department of the South. [Wikimedia Commons]

Letter from Henry W. Halleck to Quincy A. Gillmore, Text

January 30, 1865

On January 30, 1865 Major General Henry W. Halleck ordered Major General Quincy A. Gillmore to relieve Major General John G. Foster as commander of the Department of the South.

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Washington, D.C., January 30, 1865 — 11.50 a.m.

Maj. Gen. Q. A. Gillmore,
Brooklyn, N.Y

The Secretary of War directs that you repair to Hilton Head and relieve General Foster in command of the Department of the South. General Foster has a leave of absence.

H.W. HALLECK,
Major-General and Chief of Staff

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Citation Information

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  • Article Title Letter from Henry W. Halleck to Quincy A. Gillmore, Text
  • Coverage January 30, 1865
  • Author
  • Keywords Henry W. Halleck, Quincy A. Gillmore, John G. Foster
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 7, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update April 19, 2022
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