Head Quarters Army of the Tennessee
Pittsburgh May 1. 1862
GENERAL ORDERS No 50
In compliance with Special Field Orders No 35, from General Head Quarters, the undersigned takes command of the Army of the Tennessee, including the Reserve, under Maj General John A McClernand.
All reports of the right wing and the reserve will be consolidated at the Head quarters of each respectively, and forwarded to these Head Quarters.
All orders heretofore in force will continue so, until otherwise directed.
By Command of Maj Gen U. S. Grant
JNO. A. RAWLINS
A. A. General.
DS, McClernand Papers, IHi. Letterbook copies indicate USG's signature. DNA, RG 94, 48th Ill., Letterbook; ibid., RG 393, USG General Orders; DLC-USG, V, 12, 13, 14, 95. O. R., I, x, part 2, 154. See letter to Julia Dent Grant, April 15, 1862, note 1.
On April 28, 1862, Capt. Andrew C. Kemper issued Special Field Orders No. 31. "The troops on the Tennessee River will retain their present organization of three distinct Army Corps, viz: the first of the Tennessee Commanded by Major Genl Grant, which will constitute the right wing; the second of the Ohio, commanded by Maj Genl Buell which will constitute the center, and the third of the Mississippi, commanded by Maj Genl Pope, which will constitute the left wing. The Reserve will be formed of detachments ordered from the several Army Corps. Each Genl Commandingan army Corps will be charged with its organization, discipline, and preperation for service in the field, as well as police in camp. Having his own Staff, and Chiefs of administrative Corps, he will be held responsible that his troops are properly provided for thro the Quarter Master, Commissary,