During the mid eighteenth century a regiment of foot consisted of 10 companies.
At full strength a typical company consisted of a Captain, Lieutenant, Ensign, 3
Sergeants, 3 Corporals, 2 Drummers and 70 Private Men. Officially 6 wives and
their children were also allowed per company. Nine companies consisted of hatmen
and one of grenadiers, the toughest and most experienced men in the regiment.
Of the ten companies, three would be commanded by field officers instead of Captains, the Colonel, Lieutenant-Colonel and Major. Colonels rarely fought with their regiments delegating command to the Lieutenant-Colonel or Major.
In addition to the field officers there were also a number of staff officers such as surgeon and chaplain. The posts of adjutant, quartermaster and paymaster were usually, though not invariably, held by officers in addition to their regular commissions.
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