from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The head of a unit of military police.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An officer who has charge of prisoners on trial by court-martial, serves notices to witnesses, etc.
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- n. the supervisor of the military police
Sorry, no etymologies found.
More likely, it was that I'd explained to them that provost marshal meant military police.
We got, through the instrumentality of Gen. Saxton, who was provost marshal under Gen. Gilmore at Beaufort, permission to send Deacon Steward to Beaufort; and there we found a little steamer that was in the government employ, on which we put Brother Steward with his credentials, as pastor of the African Methodism in Florida.