Portrait of Joseph Hooker

On September 5, 1862, the U.S. War Department issued Special Orders, No. 223, announcing that Joseph Hooker was assigned to command of the 5th Army Corps and that Fitz John Porter, William B. Franklin, and Charles Griffin were relieved of their commands. [Wikimedia Commons]

Special Orders, No. 223 (Headquarters of the Army)

September 5, 1862

On September 5, 1862, the U.S. War Department issued Special Orders, No. 223, announcing that Joseph Hooker was assigned to command of the 5th Army Corps and that Fitz John Porter, William B. Franklin, and Charles Griffin were relieved of their commands.

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SPECIAL ORDERS, No. 223.

HDQRS. OF THE ARMY, ADJT. GEN’S OFFICE,
Washington, September
 5, 1862.

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III. By direction of the President of the United States, Major General Joseph Hooker is assigned to the command of the Fifth Army Corps. The Sixth Army Corps is temporarily attached to the Third, under Major-General Heintzelman.

Major-General Fitz John Porter and William B. Franklin and Brigadier General Charles Griffin are relieved from their respective commands until the charges against them can be investigated by a court of inquiry.

The Armies of the Potomac and Virginia being consolidated, Major-General Pope will report to the Secretary of War as a witness on a court of inquiry.

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By command of Major-General Halleck:

E. D. TOWNSEND,
Assistant Adjutant-General

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  • Article Title Special Orders, No. 223 (Headquarters of the Army)
  • Coverage September 5, 1862
  • Author
  • Keywords Joseph Hooker, Fitz John Porter, William B. Franklin, Charles Griffin
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 31, 2021
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update February 11, 2021
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