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Prior to the institution of the Chief of Staff of the United States Army in 1903, there was generally a single senior-most officer in the army. From 1783, he was known simply as the Senior Officer of the United States Army, but in 1821, the title was changed to Commanding General of the United States Army. The position was abolished with the creation of the Chief of Staff of the United States Army in 1903.

United States Army Commanding GeneralsEdit

Continental Army General and Commander In ChiefEdit

Name Photo Term began Term ended Notes
1. LTG George Washington Portrait of George Washington 15 June 1775 23 December 1783

Senior OfficerEdit

Name Photo Term began Term ended Notes
1. MG Henry Knox HenryKnoxSmall 23 December 1783 20 June 1784

United States Army Senior OfficerEdit

Name Photo Term began Term ended Notes
1. MAJ John Doughty JohnDoughty 20 June 1784 12 August 1784 served when all of the Army but 80 men was discharged
2. BG Josiah Harmar Josiah Harmar by Raphaelle Peale 12 August 1784 4 March 1791
3. MG Arthur St. Clair ArthurStClairOfficialPortrait 4 March 1791 5 March 1792
4. MG Anthony Wayne Anthony Wayne 13 April 1792 15 December 1796
5. BG James Wilkinson James Wilkinson 15 December 1796 13 July 1798
6. LTG George Washington Portrait of George Washington 13 July 1798 14 December 1799
7. MG Alexander Hamilton Alexander Hamilton portrait by John Trumbull 1806 14 December 1799 15 June 1800
8. BG James Wilkinson James Wilkinson 15 June 1800 27 January 1812
9. MG Henry Dearborn HenryDearborn 27 January 1812 15 June 1815
10. MG Jacob Brown Jacob Jennings Brown 15 June 1815 June 1821

Commanding GeneralEdit

Name Photo Term began Term ended Notes
1. MG Jacob Brown Jacob Jennings Brown June 1821 24 February 1828
2. MG Alexander Macomb AlexanderMacomb 29 May 1828 25 June 1841
3. LTG Winfield Scott GenWScott-engraving 5 July 1841 1 November 1861
4. MG George B. McClellan GeorgeMcClellan 1 November 1861 11 March 1862 [1]
5. MG Henry Wager Halleck Henry Wager Halleck - Brady-Handy 23 July 1862 9 March 1864
6. GEN Ulysses S. Grant GenUSGrant 9 March 1864 4 March 1869
7. GEN William Tecumseh Sherman William-Tecumseh-Sherman 8 March 1869 1 November 1883
8. GEN Philip Sheridan Philip Sheridan 1 November 1883 5 August 1888
9. LTG John Schofield SchofieldOfficialPortrait 14 August 1888 29 September 1895
10. LTG Nelson A. Miles NelsonMiles 5 October 1895 8 August 1903

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Historical Resources Branch; United States Army Center of Military History.
  • Eicher, John H., and Eicher, David J., Civil War High Commands, Stanford University Press, 2001, ISBN 0-8047-3641-3.

NotesEdit

  1. Eicher, Civil War High Commands. The gap from 11 March 1862, to 23 July 1862, was filled with direct control of the army by President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, with the help of an unofficial "War Board" that was established on 17 March 1862. The board consisted of Ethan A. Hitchcock, the chairman, with Department of War bureau chiefs Lorenzo Thomas, Montgomery C. Meigs, Joseph G. Totten, James W. Ripley, and Joseph P. Taylor.

External linksEdit

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