Thursday, September 6, 2012

Enough Said

On this day in 1862, Lew Wallace, who had been commanding the Federal forces in Ohio and serving in a civil capacity in Cincinnati, is relieved of his command and assigned to Kentucky.  The rationale is clearly expressed in the following order.  Upon his arrival, Wallace will take command of all troops located in Kentucky that are not already under General Buell.


Cincinnati, Ohio, September 6, 1862.

Major General LEW. WALLACE, Commanding, &c.:

GENERAL:  I am instructed by the commanding general to say that the necessity for a competent officer of high rank to take the immediate command of the large forces assembled on the opposite side of the Ohio River induces him to issue the order, a copy of which I have the honor to inclose herewith, assigning you to that command and to the organizing and distributing of those forces. In order to enable you to give your personal attention to this the commanding general deems it imperatively necessary that you should be relieved from the duties of a civil character in Cincinnati, which are in themselves as much as one officer can perform. This is done in the order, as proposed in the conversations held by the commanding general with yourself on this subject. The restrictions imposed by you on the proclamation of material law have been somewhat relaxed, on the belief that, however necessary at the time, the objects sought to be obtained through them can now be gained without them. The interest of the city and of individual citizens required this as soon as it could be safely done.

The general commanding also instructs me to say that the zeal and energy you displayed at a time when the city was almost without defense has gone far toward providing for its security, and that you will, by taking the immediate command of the forces at Covington and its vicinity and promptly organizing them for action, accomplish what yet remains to be done to that end.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant.

Assistant Adjutant-General and Chief of Staff.

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