Return to Department of the South
General David Hunter's Staff, 1862
Department of the South
GENERAL ORDERS,  No. 1.
Port Royal, S. C., March 31, 1862.

I. Maj.. Gen. David Hunter, having arrived at this post, hereby assume, in accordance with the order
of the War Department, the command of the Department of the South, consisting of the States of
South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

II. For the convenience of military operations and the administration of department affairs this
department is divided into three districts, to be constituted as follows:

1st. The first, to be called the Northern District, will comprise the States of South Carolina, Georgia,
and all that part of Florida north and east of a line extending from Cape Canaveral northwest to the
Gulf coast, just north of Cedar Keys, and its dependencies, and thence north to the Georgia line.
The headquarters of this district will be at Port Royal, S. C., and Brig. Gen. H. W. Benham (who will
relieve Brigadier- General Sherman) is appointed to command this district and the troops therein,
which troops will constitute a division, to be called the First Division of the Department of the South.
General Benham will receive from General Sherman all charts, maps, plans, reports, moneys, & c.,
with all official records, returns, & c., appertaining to the expeditionary command in this district.

2d. The second, to be called the Southern District, will comprise all of Florida and the islands
adjacent south of the said line from Cape Ca naveral, extending northwest to the Gulf coast, just
north of Cedar Keys. The headquarters of this district and the troops will remain, as at present,
under command of Brig. Gen. J. M. Brannan.

3d. The third, to be called the Western District, will comprise that Part of Florida west of the line
before described as running north from -Cedar Keys to the Georgia line. The headquarters of this
district will remain at Fort Pickens, as at present, with Brig. Gen. L. G. Arnold. commanding.

* * * * * * *

lV. The staff of the major-general commanding the department will consist of the following-named
officers: Maj. Charles G. Halpine, assistant adjutant-general; Lieut. E. W. Smith, acting assistant
adjutant-general; Col. J. W. Shaffer, chief quartermaster; Capt. J. W. Turner, chief commissary of
subsistence.

Maj. R. M. Hough, Maj. Edward Wright, Capt. R. W. Thompson, Capt. W. R. Dole, Lient. S. W.
Stockton, Lient. Charles E. Hay, Lieut. A. NI. Kinzie, Lient. A. 0. Doolittle, aides-de- camp.
General David Hunter