May 21, 1864
On May 21, 1864, Major General Franz Sigel issued General Orders, No. 27 (Department of West Virginia) announcing that Major General David Hunter was replacing him as department commander.
GENERAL ORDERS, No. 27
HDQRS. DEPT. OF WEST VIRGINIA.
Cedar Creek, Va., May 21, 1864.
By an order of the President of the United States, I am relieved from the command of this department. Major-General Hunter, U. S. Volunteers, is my successor. In leaving the troops under my immediate command I feel it my duty to given my most sincere thanks to the officers and men who have assigned me so faithfully during the last campaign. Having no other wishes and aspirations but to serve and to promote the great cause, which we are bound to defend, I hope that final success may crown the indefatigable zeal and good will of this army.