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 Posted: Fri Apr 22nd, 2011 03:43 am
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Ah, you are right. I misunderstood. This is from paragraph 114 of the 1865 Customs of Service for NCOs and Soldiers, "Orderlies are soldiers selected on account of their intelligence, experience and soldierly bearing, to attend on generals, commanding officers, officers of the day and staff officers to carry orders, messages, &c. They may be taken from the guard daily or put on permanently while the duty lasts: in the latter case they are excused from all other duty that would interfere with their duties as orderlies." I think that is what you are looking for. To me it sounds like they are the lucky soldier who gets to take care of all the little things the general doesn't want to do himself-polish his boots, take care of his horse, etc. I suspect most generals did have an orderly on permanent duty and indeed would have taken him with while traveling on official business.

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