In reading Sabres, Saddles & Spurs, a war time diary by Lt. Col. William R. Carter, late of the 3rd Va. Cavalry (credit to William Shifflet for the heads-up), he mentions (in several places) the practice of senior officers, usually regimental commanders, conducting interviews and examinations of soldiers to determine fitness for promotion, usually to officer positions within a company of his regiment upon reccomendation of the regimental commander. As he describes it, at least 3 officers of colonel rank would visit the 3rd Virginia camp, conduct the "exam", and then make a decision as to the man's fitness for the position.
Does anyone have any information as to whether this was a common practice amongst the rest of the army? I would imagine the area's reviewed with the nominee would be of the leadership, drill, and tactics of the era, but this is only speculation unless someone can point me in the right direction.
From the diary:
"July 29 (1863): All quiet in camp. Cap't Matthews sent on picket towards Duffield's depot. Col's Munford, Wickham & Roper came over to examine private C. Carrington co. C for 1st L't of co. H and private Jas. W. Jordan co. H for 2nd L't of same company, both recommended by Col. Owen for said positions. They reported favorably."
Last Edit: Mar 22, 2007 12:18:10 GMT -5 by mstuart