Monday, September 26, 2011

September 25, 1861 (Thursday): Johnston Appoints A Staff

General Albert Sidney Johnston

No. 2.
Columbus, Ky., September 26, 1861.
The following officers are announced as the personal and departmental staff of General Albert S. Johnston, commanding, viz:
Personal staff-Aide-de-camp, R. P Hunt, lieutenant, C. S. Army; volunteer aides, Colonel Robert W. Johnson, Colonel Thomas C. Reynolds, Colonel Sam. Tate, Major General T. Howard, Major D. M. Hayden, Major Ed. W. Munford.
Department of orders-Lieutenant Colonel W. W. Mackall, assistant adjutant--general; Captain H. P. Brewster, assistant adjutant-general; First Lieutenant N. Wickliffe, acting assistant adjutant-general.
Quartermaster's department-Major Albert J. Smith, principal quartermaster.
Commissary department-Captain Thomas K. Jackson, principal commissary.
Engineer corps-First Lieutenant Joseph Dixon.
By command of General A. S. Johnston:

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Official Records, Series I., Vol. 52, Part 2, Page 154

Johnston's staff may seem large to the modern reader, but it was not out of line with those of others.  The roles and responsibilities would change as the war went on, with most staffs eventually including an adjutant-general, aides-de-camp, chief of artillery, engineer officer, inspector general, judge, ordinance officer, commissary officer, and quartermaster officer.  An excellent reference to staff officers is "Staff Officers In Gray" by Robert E. L. Krick

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