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I'm researching the history of my wife's great-grandfather, Edward Curtis, who served as a Union Medical Cadet and then Assistant Surgeon during the war. Below is his entry from "Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, from it's Organization," by Francis B. Heitman.
I'm trying to understand the criteria for his promotion to brevet captain and major. I can figure that "mer ser" refers to "meritorious service." But I'm wondering whether anyone knows what "fai" stands for?
BTW, I'm planning to write up some info about the Medical Cadets, a small but interesting service that allowed medical students to enlist with a status something like that of an academy cadet.
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