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Colonel William Harney turns over command of the Department of Oregon after being ordered home

William Selby Harney, detail
07/05/1860
Colonel William S. Harney was commander of the Department of Oregon and was involved in the 1859 so-called "Pig War" with Britain over the possession of various islands between Vancouver Island and the United States. Diplomacy had settled the problem but Harney continued to act vigorously.  When the British warned of ramifications, he was relieved of command and ordered to report to Washington D.C. on June 8, 1860.  He was reprimanded but soon after given command of the Department of the West.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
George Rollie Adams, General William S. Harney: Prince of Dragoons (Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2001), 212.

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