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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 27, 1862

Lincoln Issued General War Order No. 1

President Abraham Lincoln issued his General War Order No. 1, ordering “That the 22d day of February, 1862, be the day for a general movement of the land and naval forces of the United States against the insurgent forces.” While the order referred to all Union forces, it was specifically designed to encourage Union General George McClellan to move his large army into Virginia.