American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An adjutant of a unit having a general staff.
- n. An officer in charge of the National Guard in one of the U.S. states.
- n. The chief administrative officer, a major general, of the U.S. Army.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Milit., a staff-officer, the chief assistant of a commanding general in the execution of his military duties, as in issuing and executing orders, receiving and registering reports, regulating details of the service, etc. By law there is but one adjutant-general of the United States army. He is a principal officer of the War Department of the United States government, the head of a bureau conducting the army correspondence, and having charge of the records, of recruiting and enlistment, of the issue of commissions, etc. Most of the individual States also have adjutants-general, performing similar duties with respect to the militia of their several States. The adjutant-general is aided by assistant adjutants-general. In the British service, the adjutant-general of the forces is an officer of the full rank of general, having a body of assistants at the Horse Guards or headquarters of the army in London, and performing the same class of duties as those mentioned above. Commonly abbreviated to
A. G. when appended to a name.
- n. Eccles., a title mistakenly given by translators to the assistants of the general of the Jesuits. See assistant, 3.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Mil.), (Among the Jesuits) one of a select number of fathers, who resided with the general of the order, each of whom had a province or country assigned to his care.
- n. a general's adjutant; chief administrative officer
“Major Hale received the commission of adjutant general with the rank of major, and A.L. Pitzer and”
“Major Moxley Sorrel, assistant adjutant general of the division, was entirely agreeable to doing so.”
“As he explained the matter to Congress in a letter written by his aide James Wilkinson, now adjutant general of the Northern Army:”
“During 1758, he had served as adjutant general to General von Mayr, from whom he had learned the management of light infantry.”
“A battle-scarred veteran of British campaigns against the Spanish in Panama and Colombia, he was also a member of the House of Burgesses and adjutant general with the rank of major of the militia in his district, and he had married into the family of Lord Edward Fairfax, one of the chief proprietors of the region.”
“Dick Ewell had with him a young acting assistant adjutant general named Fitzhugh Lee, and also a stalwart colonel of the fine 5th Alabama, a soldierly figure with sandy mustache and penetrating eyes, Robert E. Rodes, who had been a teacher and a civil engineer in railway employ.”
“Yet another document revealed that Anderson was Major John André, adjutant general in the British army.”
“On reporting to General Jackson, he directed his adjutant general to write the order for me at once, but while Major Dabney, the then adjutant general, was preparing to do this, the enemy opened with some of his guns from Malvern Hill, and several shells fell near us.”
“A senate bill entitled an act providing pay for the adjutant general on account of his services in the reorganization of the militia in the years 1858 and 1859, was taken up, on motion of Mr. KEMPER, and read the third time; and the question being -- Shall the bill pass?”
“Because every other qualified officer already was assigned to field duty, Colonel Robert Selden Garnett, adjutant general at Lee's headquarters, though he was irreplaceable, was detached and ordered to proceed to western Virginia.”
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