General War Order No. 1 (January 27, 1862)

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“Ordered that the 22nd day of February 1862, be the day for a general movement of the Land and Naval forces of the United States against the insurgent forces.”

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Executive Mansion, Washington,
January 27, 1862
President’s General War Order No. 1 
 
Ordered that the 22nd day of February 1862, be the day for a general movement of the Land and Naval forces of the United States against the insurgent forces.
 
That especially—
 
The Army at & about, Fortress Monroe.
 
The Army of the Potomac.
 
The Army of Western Virginia
 
The Army near Munfordsville [sic], Ky.
 
The Army and Flotilla at Cairo.
 
And a Naval force in the Gulf of Mexico, be ready for a movement on that day.
 
That all other forces, both Land and Naval, with their respective commanders, obey existing orders, for the time, and be ready to obey additional orders when duly given.
 
That the Heads of Departments, and especially the Secretaries of War and of the Navy, with all their subordinates; and the General-in-Chief, with all other commanders and subordinates, of Land and Naval forces, will severally be held to their strict and full responsibilities, for the prompt execution of this order.
 
ABRAHAM LINCOLN
 
Draft of Order sent to Army & Navy Departments respectively this day.
A. LINCOLN
Jan. 27. 1862.
 
The Secretary of War will enter this Order in his Department, and execute it to the best of his ability.
A. LINCOLN
Jan. 27, 1862.
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