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 Posted: Fri Dec 2nd, 2011 03:52 pm
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  The duties of a corporal (Pay grade E-4 in the U.S. Military) were probably pretty much the same in the Civil War era as they are now. A corporal is considered to be the lowest rank that is regarded as an NCO.

  In a typical infantry squad of about ten men, a corporal might be assigned to lead a fire team, which is about half a squad. The squad would normally be led by a sergeant or staff sergeant. A corporal might be the second in command of the squad. He would be expected to lead his team, assist the squad leader in controlling the squad, and take over the squad if the sergeant went down.

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