Reprinted in "Fort Sumter: Order from the War Department in Relation to Raising the Flag, " Chicago Tribune, April 4, 1865, p. 1.
John Osborne, Dickinson College
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WAR DEPARTMENT, WASHINGTON, March 27.
General Orders No. 50
Ordered, First - That at the hour of noon on the 13th day of April 1865, Brever Maj. Gen. Anderson will raise and plant on the ruins of Fort Sumter, in Charleston Harbor, the same United States flag that floated over the battlements of that fort during the rebel assault, and which was lowered and saluted by him and the small force of his command, when the works were evacuated, on the 14th day of April, 1861.
Second - That the flag, when raised, be saluted by one hundred guns from Fort Sumter, and by a national salute from every fort and rebel battery that fired upon Fort Sumter.
Third - That suitable ceremonies be had upon the occasion, under the direction of Major Gen. Wm. T. Sherman, whose military operations compelled the rebels to evacuate Charleston, or in his absence, under the charge of Maj. Gen. Q. A. Gillmore, commmanding the department. Among the ceremonies will be the delivery of a public address by the Rev. Henery Ward Beecher.
Fourth - That the naval forces at Charleston, and their commander on that station, be invited to participate in the ceremonies of the occasion.
By order of the President of the United States.
EDWIN M. STANTON,
Secretary of War
Official - E.D. Townsend, Asst. Adjt. Gen.