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Sandie" Pendleton was Jackson's chief of staff after Dabney and continued to serve in that position for Richard B. Ewell and Jubal Early. Ewell commended Pendleton, using the title chief of staff, in his Gettysburg after-action report. Colonel G. Moxley Sorrel definitely considered Page 14 himself James Longstreet's chief of staff before being promoted and given a brigade command. J. E. B. ] Brien, First Virginia Cavalry, my Chief of Staff," for efficiency and gallantry during the Battle of Williamsburg (May 5, 1862), and Heros Von Borcke, a Prussian volunteer who had a distinguished career with the Rebel cavalry, later claimed to fill the same position for Stuart.
22 A. P. Hill used the expedient of borrowing underemployed artillery staff officers to supplement his headquarters. "General Hill is in the habit of using me as a staff officer," J. H. Chamberlayne, an artillery battalion assistant adjutant general, wrote home, "that is he tells me to do this or that, anything that comes to hand, I have no specific duty as a member of his staff, and am not really on it; but being aid or adjutant of Col. Walker who is on Gen. Hill's staff, why, as long as our quarters are with the General he uses my services, specially in the absence of his regular staff.
Chief of Staff If there was a position on the staff about which contemporaries disagreed most as to both function and authority, it was the chief of staff. The title cropped up formally and informally at all levels of command in the Army of Northern Virginia (and its precursor organizations) from the earliest days of the war. At First Manassas, Major General P. G. T. Beauregard referred to Colonel Thomas Jordan as his chief of staff. In June 1862, Army of Northern Virginia general orders announced Lieutenant Colonel Robert H.