Research Custer & Merritt: who ranks whom in the final reckoning...

67th Tigers

1st Lieutenant
Joined
Nov 10, 2006
Brevet rank had NO bearing on seniority within one arm of the service. Article 61 only stipulated under which circumstances brevet or lineal (substantive) rank took precedence over the other. With its abolishment the army did some necessary streamlining....
Brevets also gave seniority for promotion. The whole idea was that a brevet was a real promotion in the army, and gave an assurity of regimental promotion by placing them as first in line for promotion to their army rank within a regiment.

A regimental 2Lt twice breveted to Capt would be, assuming no other brevets in the regiment, counted as the senior regimental 2Lt for promotion purposes, and also the senior 1Lt. If a vacancy opened by the loss of a 1 Lt he would, assuming no other brevets, immediately be the senior 1Lt and first in line for a captaincy. If, when he was still a regimental 2Lt, a captaincy opened up, then they jump straight into it ahead of the senior lineal 1Lt.

A brevet doesn't move an officers position in the lineal promotion order, but said officer has already been promoted. He is simply waiting for the appropriate vacancy to open up in the TO for the regiment to start paying him in his new rank.

From 1st March 1869 this situation changed.
 

Dave DuBrucq

Corporal
Joined
Oct 28, 2020
Location
Tennessee
What made Custer famous was his utter defeat at the Little Big Horn. Had it not been for his ill advised attack, he would have been a footnote in history. By getting himself and his troopers massacred Custer became a household name. No one outside of the Civil War community has much, if any knowledge of Merritt.
 

PJO

Private
Joined
Nov 15, 2014
67th Tigers wrote:

"Brevets also gave seniority for promotion. The whole idea was that a brevet was a real promotion in the army, and gave an assurity of regimental promotion by placing them as first in line for promotion to their army rank within the regiment."

Where is this laid down? What's the source?
 
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