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The Military rank of Cornet.

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  An ancestors gravestone from 1690 gives him the rank of Cornet?  What was the Cornet in the early military units in Colonial America?

 

Answer: The rank of Cornet was used starting around the time of the English Civil War and was discontinued in the year 1800 in America.  Generally the Cornet carried the battle flag for the unit. 


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