Meade's son was his aide. Grant's young son is listed as an aide on his staff in a monument at Vicksburg. Meade's son, however, actually acted as a courier under fire to deliver instructions to subordinates, such as Sickles.
There also were other persons with aides, notably e.g. the Presidents and Governors. Colonels in command of brigades essentially had aides, too, though often acting. When they commanded a regiment they didn´t need any; they had the regimental staff supporting him and if they needed couriers a runner from the ranks normally would do.
Another thing were the Volunteer-Aides. A Vol-ADC, like the acting ADCs, wasn´t officially assigned to a staff but either attached from another unit, therefore ranging in rank from privates to major generals, or even a civilian with no rank at all (for now). A nice example would be, if I remember correctly, Moxley Sorrel who acted on Longstreet's staff during 1st Bull Run before receiving his commission - on recommendation of Longstreet for the services and qualities he showed there. It also was a great place for nepotism and patronage resulting in some people having extremely large staffs (like Jeb Stuart and McClellan) and lots of kinfolk (like e.g. Pickett and tons of others).
Weren't aide-de-camps often sons or other relatives of the general? Did they use the position as kind of a way of keeping their relatives close?
|Butler Aide de Camp, Silas Richmond||Period Photos & Examinations||1|
|Begins as an aide to Butler, ends a Lt Col||Period Photos & Examinations||18|
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|M||1st Michigan Volunteer Sharpshooter Regiment at Camp Douglas Prison Camp.||Civil War Prisons||3|
|E||Discussion Letters from family archives: 1) Lt E.F Nixon & Camp Fisk 2) William Hayes & Camp Crittendon||Civil War History Discussion||3|