Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An officer forming part of the staff of a regiment, brigade, army, or the like; in the United States navy, an officer not exercising military command.
“Garesche's appalling death stunned us all, and a momentary expression of horror spread over Rosecrans's face; but at such a time the importance of self-control was vital, and he pursued his course with an appearance of indifference, which, however, those immediately about him saw was assumed, for undoubtedly he felt most deeply the death of his friend and trusted staff-officer.”
“When I entered McLean's house General Lee was standing, as was also his military secretary, Colonel Marshall, his only staff-officer present.”
“The enemy being thus checked, I sent a staff-officer -”
“Devin and Davies joined me about dark, and my troops being now well in hand, I sent a second staff-officer -- Colonel John Kellogg -- to explain my situation more fully, and to assure General Grant that I would hold on at Dinwiddie till forced to let go.”
“A staff-officer from Colonel Wood's demi-brigade informing me at this juncture that that command was too weak to carry the position in its front, I ordered the Fifteenth Indiana and the Twenty-Sixth Ohio to advance to Wood's aid, and then hastening to the front I found his men clinging to the face of the ridge, contending stubbornly with the rear-guard of the enemy.”
“I then asked, "Why not send a staff-officer and have your people cease firing; they are violating the flag.”
“The necessity of getting Ord's column up was so obvious now that staff - officer after staff-officer was sent to him and to General Grant requesting that the infantry be pushed on, for if it could get to the front, all knew that the rebellion would be ended on the morrow.”
“I appointed Mr. Thomas J. Durant as Wells's successor, but he declining, I then appointed Mr. Benjamin F. F.anders, who, after I had sent a staff-officer to forcibly eject Wells in case of necessity, took possession of the Governor's office.”
“These incidents determined me to remain where I was till the return of a staff-officer whom I had sent over to demand an explanation from the group of Confederates for which I had been heading.”
“Later we heard very heavy cannonading, and fearing that Hooker was in trouble I sent a staff-officer to find out whether he needed assistance, which I thought could be given by a demonstration toward Rossville.”
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