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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

January 31, 1862

Lincoln Issued Special War Order No. 1

On January 27, President Abraham Lincoln had issued his General War Order No. 1. On this day he became even more specific with Special War Order No. 1 - pointing directly at who he wanted to get moving.

Ordered, That all the disposable force of the Army of the Potomac, after providing safely for the defense of Washington, be formed into an expedition for the immediate object of seizing and occupying a point upon the railroad southwestward of what is known as Manassas Junction; all details to be in the discretion of the General in Chief, and the expedition to move before or on the 22d day of February next. A. LINCOLN.