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  • Mike Vanderboegh
    Sorry, that s majors in the original DICTIONARY, not mahors . I guess I need an editor, or at least a proofreader. Mike ... From: Mike Vanderboegh To:
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 21, 2003
      Sorry, that's "majors" in the original DICTIONARY, not "mahors".  I guess I need an editor, or at least a proofreader.
       
      Mike
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Friday, February 21, 2003 12:36 PM
      Subject: [civilwarwest] Re: Definition of Field Officers.

      From MILITARY DICTIONARY by Colonel H.L. Scott, Inspector General, USA, New York, D. Van Nostrand, 1864, page 283:
       
      "Field Officers-- Colonels, lieutenant-colonels, and mahors, are called field officers.  They should always be mounted, in order to give ground for movements, circulate orders, and correct pivots."
       
       
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Friday, February 21, 2003 12:05 PM
      Subject: [civilwarwest] Re: Field Officers

      In today's military, lieutenants and captains are "company grade"
      officers. These officers are normally at the company level. Field
      grade officers are majors, Lt. Cols and Colonels.

      All officers are either "line" or "staff", depending upon their
      assignment. Line officers are those in the line of command of troops.
      This includes the lieutenants at the company level (such as today's
      platoon leaders) up to the general-in-chief af the entire army.

      A staff officer is assigned to a non-command function such as
      quartermaster, commissary, ordnance, adjutant-general, engineering,
      or as an aide to a general.

      For example, when McPherson was an engineering officer, he was a
      staff officer; when he was assigned to command troops, he became a
      line officer.

      Jack Ehmer


      --- In civilwarwest@yahoogroups.com, Jfepperson@a... wrote:
      >
      > I think (very unsure) that "field officer" meant regimental
      > officers on up, and "line officer" meant company-level
      > officers.  So losing 30 field officers would mean most of
      > the regiments lost multiple commanders.  But I could be
      > wrong.
      >
      > JFE



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