e general staff or in the several corps d'armee. No special rank is attached to these offices themselves, and the grade of those who hold them is fixed by some special rule, or by their general rank in the army.
In the war of the Revolution, Washington held the rank of General, and in 1798 the rank of Lieutenant-general.
In the war of 1812, the highest grade held by any of our officers was that of General of Division, or Major-general, as it was called.
The highest grade in our army at the present time is called Major-general — a title that properly belongs, not to the general of an army, but to the chief of staff.
Hamilton had this title when chief of Washington's staff; Berthier and Soult when chief of Napoleon's staff, the former till the close of the campaign of 1814, and the latter in the Waterloo campaign.
General Jomini first greatly distinguished himself as chief of Ney's staff, and afterwards on the staff of the Emperor of Russia.
Other generals have owed much of their