Please pardon my ignorance; when I was young the only roles a woman could have in the military were typing and nursing, so I never had occasion to learn the lingo. As a result, whenever I delve into creating and editing profiles for military personnel, I find myself dealing with terminology and protocol for ranks (and terminology for military units) that I do not fully understand.
Today I added the US Civil War and Roll of Honor templates to the profile of J. Bowman Bell. He went into the U.S. Army as a captain in the 15th U.S. Infantry. So far so good!
According to a source he was transferred into the Western Army under General Buell; I know that terminology like Western Army was used in the Civil War, but does that mean he was no longer in the 15th Infantry Regiment?
The next bits of information are that he was breveted a Major for his actions at the Battle of Shiloh and was posthumously breveted a Lieutenant Colonel for his actions at the Battle of Stones River (where he died). So what was his rank? Before he died, was he a Major or a Brevet Major? Should the profile label him with his posthumous rank, and if so, was he a Lieutenant Colonel or a Brevet Lieutenant Colonel?