from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See field-grade officer.
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- n. A (para)military commissioned officer who holds a field grade, ranking under general officers but above lower grades and fit to command medium-size units on the field, such as a battalion or regiment; or a non-army equivalents in rank.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. an officer above the rank of captain and below that of general.
- n. etc. See under Field, General. etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A military officer above the rank of captain and below that of general, as a colonel. Abbreviated F. O.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an officer holding the rank of major or lieutenant colonel or colonel
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Only one field officer of my whole command, Colonel Cabell, was unhurt, and the loss of my company officers was in proportion.
Nearly every American field officer was killed, wounded, or captured including Daniel Morgan; 426 American soldiers were taken prisoner and about 60 killed.
I do not think any field officer commanded the battalion after Iredell's death.
In the Second Corps Major J. W. Latimer, who had handled Ewell's artillery with much skill at Cedar Mountain, was named as the junior field officer of Snowden Andrews's battalion.
Seven of the nine colonels, lieutenant colonels, and majors of Davis's brigade were killed or wounded in the first day's battle; every field officer of Scales's brigade, save one, fell in that action along with their general.
Being a post where it was necessary to have cavalry and infantry, there were four troops of the Fifth Cavalry with a field officer present.