from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as major-generalship.
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General J.E. B. Stuart had by his successful conduct of the cavalry, no less than by his personal gallantry, worked his way from the colonelcy he held at Manassas to a major-generalcy of all that arm of the Virginia army.
I was not aware of the reasons for this course, and therefore strongly recommended him for a major-generalcy.
On the 1st of March the President, feeling that the time had come when his armies should be in motion, and plainly discouraged at the poor success he had had in getting Rosecrans ready for an advance, authorized General Halleck to say to him that there was a vacant major-generalcy in the regular army which would be given to the general in the field who should first win an important and decisive victory.
Perhaps the highest tribute paid to Putnam's prowess was the offer of his old-time friend and comrade, General Gage, the British commander-in-chief, to pay him a large sum of money, and secure him a major-generalcy in the British army, if he would desert the “rebel "cause and come over to that of the King.
"He feels very sore at the rumored intentions to relieve him, and the major-generalcy does not cicatrize the wound.