General George Meade Assumes Command
of the Army of Potomac
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Broadside. General Orders No. 67. Head-Quarters, Army of the Potomac [Frederick, Md.], June 28, 1863. 1 p., with manuscript docketing “Recd July 21st 1863.”
By Abraham Lincoln’s executive order, Meade assumes command, stating that “The country looks to this Army to relieve it from the devastation and disgrace of a hostile invasion.” Just a week later, Meade defeated Confederate General Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg in what would be the turning point in the Civil War.