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The Chiefs of Staff Corps, Departments, and Bureaus will report to and act under the immediate orders of the General commanding the Army.

All official business, which by law or regulations requires the action of the President or the Secretary of War, will be submitted by the General of the Army to the Secretary of War; and, in general, all orders from the President or Secretary of War to any portion of the army, line, or staff, will be transmitted through the General of the Army.

J. M. Schofield, Secretary of War.
By command of the General of the Army. E. D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant-General.

General Schofield, who expected to retire in a few days, did not care to make issue upon it, and contented himself with pointing out that it violated or contravened some twenty-six express provisions of statute law, or regulations having the force of law. Based upon the above order General Sherman issued the following:

[General orders no. 12.]

headquarters of the Army, Adjutant-General's office, Washington, March 8, 1869.
By direction of the President of the United States, the undersigned hereby assumes command of the Army of the United States. His general staff will be:

Brevet Major-General E. D. Townsend, Adjutant-General.

Brevet Major-General R. B. Marcy, Inspector-General.

Brevet Major-General M. C. Meigs, Quartermaster-General.

Brevet Major-General A. B. Eaton, Commissary-General Subsistence.

Brevet Major-General J. K. Barnes, Surgeon-General.

Brevet Major-General B. W. Brice, Paymaster-General.

Brevet Major-General Joseph Holt, Judge Advocate-General.

Brevet Major General A. A. Humphreys, Chief of Engineers.

Brevet Major General A. B. Dyer, Chief of Ordnance.

Brevet Brigadier-General A. J. Myer, Chief Signal Officer.

His personal staff, Aids-de-Camp with the rank of Colonel from this date, will be:

Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel J. C. McCoy, Second Lieutenant, Second Infantry.

Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel L. M. Dayton, Captain, Seventh Cavalry.

Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel J. C. Audenried, Captain, Sixth Cavalry.

Brevet Brigadier-General C. B. Comstock, Major, Corps of Engineers.

Brevet Brigadier-General Horace Porter, Major, Ordnance Department.

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