By direction of the President of the United States, Major General F. Steele, U. S. Volunteers, is placed in command of the Department of Arkansas, which will consist of the State of Arkansas, except Fort Smith. The troops of Major General Steele's command will constitute the 7th Army Corps, and will be subject to the orders of Major General U. S. Grant.
Adjutant General's Office, Washington, January 6, 1864.
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