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37122RE: [civilwarwest] "Peremptory" orders

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  • Bob Huddleston
    Feb 1, 2006
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      A good question.


      In the Old Army, seniority was sacrosanct, something that the conservative Rebels carried over into the PACS.


      But early in 1862, the US Congress changed that, for theUS forces at least:


      Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That whenever military operations may require the presence of two or more officers of the same grade in the same field or department, the President may assign the command of the forces in such field or department without regard to seniority of rank.


      Approved, April 4, 1862


      12 Stat 617. Issued as General Order # 37, April 8, 1862


      The most famous – and important example of this was the selection of George Meade to command the Army of the Potomac, over the heads of several of his fellow corps’ commanders right before Gettysburg .


      So there was no need to backdate Rosey’s commission to March, 1862 unless it was to satisfy the vanity of George Thomas about being under someone with a junior commission. Or to satisfy the vanity of Rosecrans and also his sponsor, the Secretary of the Treasury.


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      From: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com [mailto:civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Bob Taubman
      Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 3:32 PM
      To: civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: RE: [civilwarwest] "Peremptory" orders

      Why was it necessary to change the date of Rosecran's promotion in order to give him seniority over Thomas?  If it was as cut-and-dried as you make it appear, why the subtrefuge?

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