from the Secretary of War calling me to Washington, and in accordance therewith General Thomas issued an order relieving me from duty with his army.
General orders, no. 261.Headquarters, Department of the Cumberland, Chattanooga, Tenn., November 5, 1863.
1. Captain Thomas G. Baylor, ordnance corps, having, pursuant to orders from the Secretary of War, relieved Captain Horace Porter from duty at these headquarters, is announced as chief of ordnance for this army, and will at once enter up possibly be more agreeable, and I should feel most highly honored by such an assignment.
He went on to say, With this step in view, I have just written a letter to the general-in-chief, which he then handed me to read.
Chattanooga, Tenn., Nov. 5, 1863. Maj.-Gen. H. W. Halleck, General-in-Chief of the Army. Capt. Horace Porter, who is now being relieved as chief ordnance officer in the Department of the Cumberland, is represented by all officers who know him as one of the most meritorious an