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  1. Ozzy

    General Orders No.62

    Enacted by the War Department on August 20th 1861, General Orders No.62 helped establish the relative seniority of these officers (in order): MGen Henry Halleck BGen W.T. Sherman BGen Don Carlos Buell BGen John Pope BGen U.S. Grant BGen Stephen Hurlbut BGen B.M. Prentiss BGen John McClernand BGen Lew Wallace (effective 3 September 1861) Of interest, because prior to reviewing this list, I had always assumed that U.S. Grant, hyper-sensitive to questions of seniority, had departed the field at Fort Donelson and visited Flag-Officer Foote aboard his ironclad, without assigning an acting officer-in-charge in his absence, out of neglect of duty. Now, having a greater appreciation for the tension that was developing between Grant and McClernand, I suspect that he avoided putting McClernand in charge... intentionally (with nearly fatal consequences.) Also of interest: I was of the belief that U.S. Grant was the senior Brigadier General from Illinois. Not true. John Pope was appointed to West Point from Illinois; and his home-of-record was Illinois at the time of the Secession Crisis. (The above seniority was valid until Grant was promoted Major General, effective February 16th 1862.) Cheers Ozzy