- ... either. I don t think the French purchased either. ... I would have two comments on the foregoing statements: 1.- In the Militia your officer s rank wasMessage 1 of 4 , Jul 4, 2002View Source
> Also the Canadian/Canadien Militia didn't have a purchase systemeither. I don't think the French purchased either.
> These Republicans will just let anyone command won't they!I would have two comments on the foregoing statements:
1.- In the Militia your officer's rank was determined by how many men
you enlisted. An employer of a large work force was able to achieve
higher rank if he could coerce enough of his employees to enlist.
This of course does not jibe with the concept that every able bodied
man between 16 and 60, who had two oposing teeth to bite the
cartridge, was automatically expect to serve. Maybe some "experts"
care to comment
2,- One of the few rights granted to the rank and file in the British
army was to be commanded by gentlemen.
- Try and get of Wellingtons Army by Sir Charles Oman. There is a good chapter on British army officers and the purchase system. It s published by Grenhill hereMessage 2 of 4 , Jul 4, 2002View SourceTry and get of Wellingtons Army by Sir Charles Oman. There is a good
chapter on British army officers and the purchase system. It's
published by Grenhill here in the UK and by Stackpole in the States.
In it he states, "There was, throughout the war,(Peninsula) a
perceptible proportion of officers who had risen from the ranks."
I'll see what else I can find,
All the best,