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General Hunter takes his leave after an eventful year as head of the Department of the South

David Hunter, bust view, detail
06/12/1863
General David Hunter, the fiercely abolitionist friend of Abraham Lincoln, had commanded the Department of the South for more than a year.  He was famous for his efforts to recruit freed slaves in South Carolina for military service and issuing an order he was later forced to rescind that all slaves were free in any area in the South under martial law.  He was replaced in South Carolina by Brigadier General Quincy A. Gillmore. Hunter later served as commander of the Army of the Shenandoah.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Gen. Hunter's Removal," New York Times, June 18, 1863, p. 8. 

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