1864 Special Order - Board of Inquiry into Chickamauga Generals McCook, Crittenden, & Negley - Signed by General E. D. Townsend

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1864 Special Order - Board of Inquiry into Chickamauga Generals McCook, Crittenden, & Negley - Signed by General E. D. Townsend

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Item No. SQ6182100

Here is an interesting 1864 special order issued by the War Department. In Special Order No. 13, President Lincoln directed, via the War Department, that a court of inquiry meet to discuss the disaster that befell the Union Army of the Cumberland at the battle of Chickamauga in the fall of 1863. The order specifically calls into question the conduct of Major Generals Alexander M. McCookThomas L. Crittenden, and James S. Negley. It reads, in full:

War Department
Adjutant General's Office
Washington, January 9th, 1864.
Special Orders,
No. 13.
(Extract.)
20. By direction of the President of the United States, a Court of Inquiry is hereby appointed to meet at Nashville, Tennessee, on the 15th instant, or as soon thereafter as practicable, to investigate the conduct of Major-Generals A. McD. McCook, T. L. Crittenden and James S. Negley, U.S. Volunteers, at the battle of [sic] Chicamauga, and in leaving the field, and also to give their opinion upon the facts which may be developed. The Court will adjourn from place to place, as may be deemed necessary to procure the testimony of witnesses, without taking them away from their appropriate duties, and will sit without regard to hours.
Detail for the Court.
Major-General David Hunter, U.S. Volunteers.
Major-General George Cadwalader, U.S. Volunteers.
Brigadier-General J. S. Wadsworth, U.S. Volunteers.
Colonel Edmund Schriver, Inspector General, Recorder.
By order of the Secretary of War:
E. D. Townsend,
Assistant Adjutant General.

Townsend's signature appears beneath the text.

The order was printed upon a 7 3/4" x 9 1/2" sheet. The paper is in excellent condition and isn't stiff. Very little wear to corners and edges. Delicate at the folds where there is some minor separation.

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