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Historical Question-Staff Officers and ADC's

Post  xray on Sat Dec 24, 2016 6:08 pm

When not sure, go to the experts, so here I am.

Does anyone know or can point me to the data of the number of staff Officers and ADC’s attached to various Napoleonic Brigades/Divisions and Corps.

I do have the Information of Napoleons HQ but it is the lower echelons particularly the Brigades and Divisions I’m most interested in.

Although I do not study the ACW very much I would also be interested to compare the difference between the two types of HQ’s.


Thank you in anticipation and may all the team and players have a great Christmas with their families and a great New Year.

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Re: Historical Question-Staff Officers and ADC's

Post  Uncle Billy on Sat Dec 24, 2016 6:39 pm

These numbers are from Muir's book; Tactics and the Experience of Battle in the Age of Napoleon, p.158.
In 1809 Nappy's personal staff was about 20 officers. Berthier's staff had several hundred. A French corps commander had 20-36 staff officers. A division commander had 10-12. A lowly brigade commander might have 1 or 2 if any.

I remember reading that Lee's entire staff was smaller than that of a French division. Is it any wonder why he could not coordinate his attacks at Gettysburg?

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Re: Historical Question-Staff Officers and ADC's

Post  Captal on Sat Dec 24, 2016 8:25 pm

A discussion by Douglas Southall Freeman of how Lee organized his personal and general staff. The "Fifth Period" includes Gettysburg: http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/E/Gazetteer/People/Robert_E_Lee/FREREL/1/Appendices/4*.html
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Re: Historical Question-Staff Officers and ADC's

Post  xray on Sun Dec 25, 2016 4:14 pm

Thank you Gentlemen.

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