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General Orders, No. 74 (Department of the Susquehanna)

December 1, 1864

On December 1, 1864, Darius N. Couch announced that he was relinquishing command of the Department of the Susquehanna at the request of Ulysses S. Grant.

General Orders, No. 74

Chambersburg, Pa., December 1, 1864.

In obedience to the orders of the lieutenant-general commanding the Armies of the United States I hereby relinquish command of the Department of the Susquehanna.

In so doing I desire to express my sincere thanks to the officers in charge of the several staff departments and those in command of district and posts for the able and satisfactory manner in which they have discharged their duties; and to the chief executive of the State, the heads of the different State departments, and to the citizens generally, for their hearty co-operation in my endeavors to maintain law and order, and their cordial support to the measures adopted for their protection.

Major-General, U. S. Volunteers.