American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A commissioned rank in the U.S. Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above major general and below general.
- n. One who holds this rank.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A military officer ranking in the United States and British armies next below a general. In the German army he ranks below a general of infantry and above a major-general, and commands a division. The only persons who have hitherto held this rank in the United States army are Generals Washington, Grant, Sherman, and Sheridan. Gen, Scott held the rank of brevet lieutenant-general. See
- n. In the proprietary government of Maryland, the deputy of the proprietor, who acted as governor of the province for him.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See in Vocabulary.
- n. An army officer in rank next below a general and next above a major general.
- n. a general officer ranking above a major general and below a full general
“When president and lieutenant general had disagreed thoroughly and ended their conference, Davis walked to the gate, shook hands cordially, "and dismissed me with his gracious smile; but a bitter look lurking about its margin, and the ground-swell, admonished me that clouds were gathering about head-quarters of the First Corps even faster than those that told the doom of the Southern cause.”
“Of Longstreet's former Right Wing, the commander now was lieutenant general and next in rank to Lee.”
“Sir “Freddy” Stopford, commanding the troops landed at Suvla, was an amiable, doddering lieutenant general who had retired seven years earlier to battle chronic ill health.”
“General Richard S. Ewell was made a lieutenant general and assigned to the command of the 2nd corps, now composed of my division, and those of Rodes and Johnson”
“Kissinger, who had admired the way Scowcroft once stood up to Haldeman, later recalled that he turned to the lieutenant general because he needed a strong person as my deputy, who would be willing to stand up to me if necessarynot every daybut to stand up for what he thought was right.”
“Old Pete Longstreet does not relish the assignment of this convalescent officer to the command of Hood's division, which the lieutenant general desired for Micah Jenkins.”
“Pender's; and General A.P. Hill was made lieutenant general and assigned to the command of it, and two divisions of four brigades each were formed out of it and two brigades, one of which was brought from North”
“Washington had been duped, Bryan opined, and Franklin was too old to resist the machinations of “James Wilson the Caledonian, lieutenant general of the myrmidons of power, under Robert the Cofferer”—a new epithet for Morris—and “his aide-de-camp Gouverno, the cunning man.””
“Transfer of Ewell dictated, on May 31, the promotion of Early to lieutenant general on the same temporary footing with Dick Anderson.11”
“Heth leads his men, his division at Chancellorsville, considered as Jackson's successor, made lieutenant general of new Third Corps, his letter to Lee, on Heth and Pender, his orders, his advance and arrival at Gettysburg, in July 3rd action at Gettysburg”
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