Timeline of Continental Army Departmental Command Changes
Continental Army


1778
January 5 - Alexander Scammell is elected Adjutant General to replace Thomas Pickering, although he does not yet assume the duties.
January 13 - Alexander Scammell assumes the duties of Adjutant General from Thomas Pickering.
February 25 - Nathanael Greene agrees to become Quartermaster General.
March 2 - Nathanael Greene is appointed to the post of Quartermaster General.
March 16 - Alexander McDougall becomes commander of the Hudson Highlands Department.
March 23 - Nathanael Greene assumes the duties of Quartermaster General.
April 17 - John Stark becomes commander of the Northern Department.
May 20 - Horatio Gates becomes commander of the Hudson Highlands Department.
May 26 - Lachlan McIntosh becomes commander of the Western Department.
September 25 - Benjamin Lincoln becomes commander of the Southern Department.
October 3 - Benjamin Lincoln receives notice of his appointment as commander of the Southern Department.
October 8 - Benjamin Lincoln sets out from camp in New York and heads south to assume command of the Southern Department.
October 19 - Edward Hand becomes commander of the Northern Department.
November 7 - Thomas Mifflin resigns as Quartermaster General leaving the post vacant.
November 20 - James Clinton becomes commander of the Northern Department.
November 24 - Alexander McDougall becomes commander of the Hudson Highlands Department.
December 4 - Benjamin Lincoln arrives in Charleston, South Carolina and assumes his duties as commander of the Southern Department.


1779
March 5 - Daniel Brodhead becomes commander of the Western Department.
November - The Eastern (New England) Department is abolished by Congress.
November 27 - William Heath becomes commander of the Hudson Highlands Department.


1780
February 21 - Robert Howe becomes provisional commander of the Hudson Highlands Department.
April 5 - Maryland and Delaware are transferred to the Southern Department from the Middle Department (Main Army).
May 7 - Horatio Gates is appointed commander of the Southern Department.
May 12 - Benjamin Lincoln surrenders Charleston, South Carolina after a lengthy Charleston.
June 13 - Horatio Gates learns of his appointment to commander of the Southern Department and soon begins to make his way south.
June 21 - Alexander McDougall becomes commander of the Hudson Highlands Department.
July 25 - Horatio Gates arrives in North Carolina and assumes command of the Southern Department.
July 26 - Nathanael Greene submits his resignation from the post of Quartermaster General.
August 3 - Benedict Arnold becomes commander of the Hudson Highlands Department.
August 5 - Congress accepts Nathanael Greene's resignation from the post Quartermaster General.
August 5 - Timothy Pickering is appointed to the post of Quartermaster General.
September 22 - Timothy Pickering assumes the duties of Quartermaster General from Nathanael Greene.
September 25 - George Washington assumes command of the Hudson Highlands Department.
September 28 - Alexander McDougall becomes commander of the Hudson Highlands Department.
October 5 - Nathanael Greene becomes commander of the Hudson Highlands Department.
October 5 - Congress passes a resolution giving George Washington authority to select the new commander of the Southern Department.
October 14 - George Washington appoints Nathanael Greene as commander of the Southern Department.
October 17 - William Heath becomes commander of the Hudson Highlands Department.
October 22 - Nathanael Greene leaves camp and begins to travel south to assume command of the Southern Department.
October 31 - Congress approves Nathanael Greene's appointment to command the Southern Department.
November 16 - Alexander Scammell resigns from the post of Adjutant General effective January 1, 1781.
December 2 - Nathanael Greene arrives in Charlotte, North Carolina and assumes command of the Southern Department from Horatio Gates.







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