Saturday, September 28, 2013

September 28, 1863: McCook and Crittenden are relieved from command


In the aftermath of Chickamauga--and after the many telegrams of Charles A. Dana--Union Corps commanders Thomas Leonidas Crittendan and Alexander McDowell McCook are relieved from command.
GENERAL ORDERS,
WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL'S OFFICE,


Numbers 322.
Washington, September 28, 1863.*

I. The President of the United States directs that the Twentieth and Twenty-first Army Corps be consolidated and called the Fourth Army Corps, and that Major General Gordon Granger be the commander of this consolidated corps.

II. It is also directed that a court of inquiry be convened, the detail to be hereafter made, to inquire and report upon the conduct of Major-General McCook and Crittenden, in the battles of the 19th and 20th instant. These officers are relieved from duty in the Department of the Cumberland, and will repair to Indianapolis, Ind., reporting their arrival, by letter, to the Adjutant-General of the Army.

By order of the Secretary of War:

E. D. TOWNSEND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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