General Order No. 1

Navy Department,
January 10, 1863.

[Rules to Disseminate General Orders to the Officers and Crew of Naval Vessels]

Hereafter every General Order issued by this Department, or published by authority, will be read to the officers and crew by the executive officer on board of every naval vessel, at the first general muster subsequent to its receipt, and entered upon the ship’s log. All officers are directed to preserve a copy of each general order and circular.

Gideon Welles,
Secretary of the Navy.