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strong feeling on the subject of the removal of Sheridan.
headquarters armies of the United States. Washington, Aug. 26, 1867. To His Excellency, A. Johnson, President of the United States;
Sir,—I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the following letter, to wit:
Executive Mansion, Washington, D. C., Aug. 26, 1867.
Sir,—In consequence of the unfavorable condition of the health of Major-General George H. Thomas, as reported to you in Surgeon Hasson's dispatch of the 21st instant, my order dated August 17, 1867, is hereby modified so as to assign Major-General Winfield S. Hancock to the command of the Fifth Military District, created by the Act of Congress passed March 2, 1867, and of the Military Department comprising the States of Louisiana and Texas.
On being relieved from the command of the Department of the Missouri by Major-General P. H. Sheridan, Major-General Hancock will proceed directly to New Orleans, Louisiana, and assuming the command to which he is