- Nov 22, 2013
This is a question for someone out there that understands rank in the US Army (both regular and volunteer) during the Civil War. I am researching an officer in the regular army (a Major in the 10th Infantry: Julius Hayden) who is appointed as the Inspector General in Sickle’s staff of the Third Corps in 1863. What is confusing to me is that he is referred to as a Lieutenant Colonel by Sickles and others while he is in that position (for example, in Sickles’ official report of the battle of Chancellorsville), although there is no evidence of a promotion. He eventually resigns from being Inspector General, and referred to as Major after. I’m wondering: did the specific titles in Staff positions carry with them some kind of rank as well? That is, would someone assigned as Inspector General or Judge Advocate General or other similar staff titles, also be temporarily given a rank such as Lieutenant Colonel?