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|7th February 2002||Seniority?|
By James Krentz
I'm a little confused. Bromhead, a line officer, was commissioned in April of 1867 and Chard, a non-line officer, was commissioned in July of 1868. Therefore,how could Major Spalding determine that Chard was the senior officer? Am I missing something here? I spent six years in the U.S. Navy and am quite familiar with how seniority works. Thank you. James Krentz
|7th February 2002||Alan Critchley|
Bromhead was only an ensign for the first period of sevice. He was therefore not a Lieutenant longer than Chard.
Besides which it was the perogative of the commander to decide who should be left in charge.
|7th February 2002||Gary Laliberty|
Hope to clear this up.Here goes...Bromhead had purchased an ensign's commission in April of 1867,but he had not been promoted to lieutenant until October of 1871; as a Royal Engineer, Chard had not been subject to purchase and had been commissioned directly as a lieutenant in April of 1868. So, although Chard had been in the Army a year less than Bromhead,he was actually three and a half years his senior in substantive rank. Well, I hope that has help.
|11th February 2002||Mike McCabe|
Maj Spalding found it all quite simple, not being in the US Navy himself!