Were Army/Navy officer's Commissions for sale among the Confederate forces during the Civil War?

Hi,

Were Army/Navy officer’s Commissions for sale among the Confederate forces during the Civil War?

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davidmich

The practice of purchasing commissions had pretty much died out before the time of the Civil War. There were a few commissions that were purchased, but it was usually an informal thing rather than a formal purchase as had been done in previous wars. For example, if you were wealthy and you used your own money to gather up and outfit troops, you could be reasonably assured that you would be placed in charge of those men. It’s not quite like just paying a sum to the guys in charge and having them hand you a commission. The actual process was usually an election by the men you would be commanding or an appointment by local judges or officials. After some disastrous battles on both sides early in the war, the leaders on both sides recognized the foolishness of having inexperienced men in command and got a bit more picky about who they let be in charge of the troops.

The Confederate Navy had more officers than they had ships for. There was no need for them to sell off commissions. What they needed was more ships, more grunts, more guns, and more of pretty much everything except officers.

Thanks engineer comp geek.
Very helpful
davidmich