One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The head of military police in camp or on active service.
- ‘For much of the Civil War, Lieutenant Colonel Frederick C. Newhall served as provost marshal and staff officer for Union cavalry commander Lieutenant General Philip Sheridan.’
- ‘Marlborough's army had a senior officer who acted as provost marshal general; his responsibilities including controlling foraging parties.’
- ‘During the 18th century, once again, the rank and prestige of the provost marshal declined, with NCOs often being appointed on an ad hoc basis.’
- ‘The rioters then marched to the provost marshal's office where the draft lottery was taking place and set fire to the building.’
- ‘As already mentioned, the provost marshal was the military policeman, issuing passes to civilians and military personnel and detaining prisoners.’
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