The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 9 Dec 1866

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DEPARTMENT OF THE LAKES - An order recently issued by the War Department designated Detroit as the headquarters of the Department of the Lakes - Major Gen. Joseph Hooker commanding. The following are his staff:
Brevet Brig. Gen. George D. Ruggles, Assistant Adjutant General United States Army, Adjutant General of the Department.
Brevet Major Gen. Absalom Baird, Assistant Quartermaster, United States Army, Inspector General of the Department.
Brevet Brig. Gen. C. H. Hoyt, Assistant Quartermaster, United States Volunteers, Chief Quartermaster.
Brevet Col. Robert Macfeely, Commissary of Subsistence United States Army, Chief Commissary of Subsistence.
Brevet Col. William S. King, Surgeon United States Army, Medical Director.
Brevet Maj. Gen. Joseph R. Smith, Major United States Army, Commissary of Musters.
First-Lieut. Wm. M. Tompkins, Third Artillery, Aide-de-camp.
Brevet Capt. James M. Lancaster, First Lieut. Third Artillery, Aide-de-camp.

The following are the military posts, with the commanding officers of the troops there stationed, and the post-office address:

Fort Wayne, Michigan, Brevet Major Gen. Silas Casey, Colonel Fourth Infantry, Light Battery G, Fourth Artillery; headquarters and Companies H and K, Fourth Infantry; unassigned recruits 43d Infantry, Fort Wayne, Detroit, Michigan.

Fort Gratiot, Michigan, Brevet Brig. Gen, L. C. Hunt, Major Fourth Infantry, Company D, Fourth Infantry, Fort Gratiot, Port Huron, Michigan.

Fort Brady, Michigan, Captain John Miller, Fourth Infantry, Company B Fourth Infantry, Fort Brady, Sault Ste Marie, Michigan.

Fort Mackinac, Mich., no troops, Fort Mackinac, Michigan.

Cedar Point Battery, Ohio, no troops, Cedar Point, Ohio.

Detroit, Michigan, Brevet Brig. Gen. M. D. Hardin, Major 43rd Infantry, headquarters recruiting service, 43d Infantry, Detroit, Michigan.

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This is a list of the commanders and forts along the U.S. shore of the Great Lakes, after reorganization following the Civil War. In command is notable general Joseph Hooker, whose numerically superior Army of the Potomac was defeated by Robert E Lee's Confederates in April, 1863, at Chancellorsville. Other notables: Absalom Baird won the Medal of Honor for action in 1864 and Silas Casey "wrote the book" for the Army on military tactics in 1861.
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9 Dec 1866
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Dave Swayze
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Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
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Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), 9 Dec 1866