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SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Numbers 174,

June 28, 1863.

Pursuant to instructions which have been received from the General-in-Chief, Major General J. Stahel, U. S. Volunteers, is relieved from further duty with this army, and will report to Major General D. N. Couch, at Harrisburg, Pa., to organize and command the cavalry in the Department of the Susquehanna. The troops composing General Stahel's command are assigned to the Cavalry Corps, and will be distributed to the division of that corps as the commander thereof may direct. Major-General Stahel will furnish Major-General Pleasonton with a statement of the troops comprising his command and their position.

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By command of Major-General HOOKER:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

SPECIAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Numbers 175.

Frederick, Md., June 28, 1863.

I. The following-named general officers are assigned to duty with the Cavalry Corps, and will report to Major-General Pleasonton: Brigadier-General Farnsworth, U. S. Volunteers; Brigadier General George A. Custer, U. S. Volunteers; Brigadier General Wesley Merritt, U. S. Volunteers.

II. The First Brigade of Horse Artillery is assigned to the Cavalry Corps, and the commanding officer will report forthwith to Major-General Pleasonton, at the City Hotel, for instructions. By command of Major-General Meade:

S. WILLIAMS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Headquarters Army of the POTOMAC,

June 28, 1863.

(Received 5. 30 a. m.)

Major General H. W. HALLECK,

General-in-Chief:

I have accomplished my mission. * Will telegraph again in an hour or two.

JAS. A. HARDIE.

GENERAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,

Numbers 66

June 28, 1863.

In conformity with the orders of the War Department, dated June 27, 1863, I relinquish the command of the Army of the Potomac. It is transferred to Major General George G. Meade, a brave and accomplished officer, who has nobly earned the confidence and esteem of this army on many a well-fought field.

Impressed with the belief that my usefulness as the commander of the Army of the Potomac is impaired, I part from it; yet not without the deepest emotion.

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*Delivery of General Orders, No. 194. See p. 369.

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