Tuesday, February 19, 2013

February 19, 1863: Joe Hooker restoring discipline to the Army of the Potomac

Major General Joseph "Fighting Joe" Hooker

Ever since January 25, 1863, when Major General Joseph Hooker had superseded Ambrose Burnside as commander of the Army of the Potomac, Hooker had been issuing a string of orders designed to restore order, discipline, and efficiency to the North's largest army.
GENERAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,


No. 12.
Camp near Falmouth, Va., February 19, 1863.

I. The attention of the officers and men of this army is directed to the General Orders of the President of November 15, 1862, and to General Orders, No. 7, of September 6, 1861, from these headquarters, respecting the observance of the Sabbath. The major-general commanding enjoins a strict compliance with the requirements of those orders upon all under his command.

II. Pursuant to instructions, which have been received from the Adjutant-General's Office, volunteer officers appointed or promoted will be mustered into the service of the United States from the date at which they actually commenced doing duty, and at which their names first appeared on the muster-rolls according to their new grade. Said musters have frequently been given the date of commission.

III. To secure reliability, efficiency, and unity of action in the performance of topographical duty, and to prevent unnecessary repetition of labor by different parties, all officers or enlisted men voluntarily on this duty, or assigned to it at corps, division, or brigade headquarters, will report in person to Brigadier General G. K. Warren, chief topographical engineer, at these headquarters. It is not the intention to detach them from their present commands, but to ascertain the extent of their information and means of reconnoitering, and to supply their necessary requirements. At the time of reporting each will furnish full information as to any reconnaissance made, giving a copy of the map, if possible, or exhibiting the originals for examination, and a statement of the routes, &c., examined, not mapped. Also a list of all surveying, reconnoitering, and drawing instruments, and of all maps and books relating to Virginia, stating whether they are public or private property. Also an estimate of surveying and drawing instruments and materially required. Copies of all information possessed by the chief topographical engineer will be furnished for military purposes on proper application.

IV. The resignations and applications of signal officers for leaves of absence will be referred by corps commanders to the chief signal officer at these headquarters for his recommendation thereon, and, if the same be adverse, such resignations and applications will be denied.

V. Resignations of volunteer officers accepted by corps commanders will be promptly forwarded to the Adjutant-General of the Army, with an indorsement thereon showing the number and date of the order of acceptance and the headquarters where issued. Copies of all orders accepting resignations will be transmitted at their dates to the Paymaster-General of the Army.

VI. Whenever any soldier is reported as a deserter from this army, his descriptive list, together with a full history of his case, will be immediately transmitted to the provost-marshal-general.

VII. Commanding officers of companies and regiments are in the habit of "turning in", to be sent to the ordnance depot, the arms of sick men absent in hospitals. When men are absent from their regiments, from whatever cause, and leave their arms behind, if they are expected to return, their arms and accouterments will be kept with their regiments, to be again issued to them on their return to duty. Acting ordnance officers of divisions will, as soon as possible, send to the chief ordnance officer at these headquarters a report of the regiments in their divisions, together with the number, kind, and caliber of the arms in each regiment, and also the number of rounds, kinds, and caliber of the ammunition in reserve ammunition trains.

By command of Major-General Hooker:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

1 comment:

Chaloner said...

I wish todays military follows these order.

I. The attention of the officers and men of this army is directed to the General Orders of the President of November 15, 1862, and to General Orders, No. 7, of September 6, 1861, from these headquarters, respecting the observance of the Sabbath. The major-general commanding enjoins a strict compliance with the requirements of those orders upon all under his command.