HEADQUARTERS NINTH ARMY CORPS, Numbers 2.
Mouth of Antietam Creek, Md., October 1, 1862.
Brigadier General George Crook, late colonel Thirty-sixth Regiment Ohio Volunteers, and commandant of Second Brigade, Kanawha Division, having received his appointment as brigadier-general of volunteers, to rank from 7th of September, ultimo, will assume command of the Kanawha Division as ranking officer present, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly.
By command of Brigadier General J. D. Cox:
G. M. BASCOM,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC,
Camp near Sharpsburg, Md., October 4, 1862.
His Excellency the GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF Maine:
In view of the reduced and shattered condition of the Seventh Regiment of Maine Volunteers, the result of arduous service and exposure during the campaigns on the Peninsula and in Maryland, I made, on the 2nd instant, a special application to the War Department that the regiment should be sent to report to you in Maine, that it might be recruited and reorganized under your personal supervision. I yesterday received the necessary authority, and, as you will observe by the copy of Special Orders, Numbers 271, from these headquarters, inclosed herein,* I send the regiment to you for the purpose indicated, and I beg that when this purpose shall have been accomplished that the regiment may be ordered to report to me with all practicable dispatch. In returning this gallant remnant of a noble body of men, whose bravery has been exhibited on every field, almost, in the campaign cited, to the State whose pride it is to have sent them forth, I feel happy that it has been in my power to signify, even in this insufficient manner, my appreciation of their services and of their value to this army. And I will venture on the latter account to ask Your Excellency's best endeavors to fill at once their diminished ranks, that I may soon again see their standard in the Army of the Potomac.
GEO. B. McCLELLAN,
Major-General, U. S. Army.
HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS, Numbers 21.
Camp near Sharpsburg, October 4, 1862.
I. Brigadier General Nelson Taylor is assigned temporarily to the command of the Third Brigade (Hartsuff's) of the Second Division. He will report to Brigadier-General Ricketts.
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By order of Brigadier-General Reynolds:
CHAS. B. LAMBORN,
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.
HDQRS. TWELFTH (BANKS') ARMY CORPS, Numbers 59.
Near Sandy Hook, Md., October 4, 1862.
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III. The following regiments, recently assigned to this corps, are temporarily organized into a brigade, to be known as the Second
*See VOL. XIX, Part II, p. 381.