1) The office of the Quartermaster General was established by resolution of the
Continental Congress on 16 June 1775, but the position was not filled until 14 August
1775. MG Mifflin's term was not continuous. He resigned in May 1776, and COL
Stephen Moylan was appointed in his place. After Moylan's resignation in October
1776, Mifflin was persuaded by Congress and General Washington to resume his duties.
After Mifflin resigned in November 1777 the post remained vacant until MG Greene's
appointment on March 1778. The rank shown for Mifflin and his successors is that
given at the end of the tour of duty as Quartermaster General.
2) The Quartermaster General's Department was abolished on 25 July 1785 with the
downsizing of the Army.
3) The Quartermaster provided by law of 1791, at the time of the Indian wars in
Ohio, was considered a civilian. The law stated that "The Quartermaster shall
be entitled to the same pay, rations, and forage as the lieutenant colonel commandant of a
regiment." Both Hodgdon and O'Hara served under the terms of this legislation.
4) The title of Quartermaster General was revived in 1796 but disappeared again
until legislation of 1802. Wilkins seems to have been a civilian until almost the
close of his term of office. The record of his actual appointment ot the rank of
Major General is not clear, thought he enjoyed the perquisites of a Major General for the
last years of his term. Some authorities list him without rank.
5) The title of Quartermaster General was revived by act of 28 March 1812, which
also officially established a "Quartermaster's Regiment".
6) An act of 24 April 1816 authorized a Quartermaster General, with the rank of
colonel, for each of the two military divisions into which the United States was divided.
An act of 14 April 1818, did away with the Quartermaster Generals of divisions and
provided for one Quartermaster General with the rank of Brigadier General.
7) There is some doubt about the exact date of Meigs' appointment. Some
authorities give it as 13 June 1861. Meigs held the brevet rank of Major General
during most of this period of the Civil War.
8) The Army appropriation act of 1912 consolidated the Quartermaster, Subsistence
and Pay Departments into a new Quartermaster Corps. The title of Quartermaster
General was for a time discontinued in favor of the designation "Chief of the
Quartermaster Corps", but the old title was revived by the Army Appropriation act of
9) The official list of Quartermaster Generals does not include Major General George
W. Goethals, who was the officially designated Acting Quartermaster General and directing
head of the Corps from 19 December 1917 to 9 May 1918, nor Brigadier General Robert. E.
Wood, who served as officially designated Acting Quartermaster General from 9 May 1918 to
the end of World War I.
10) The office of the Quartermaster General did not exist between 1962 and 1981.
11) The date 15 July 1981 is the day that MG Dukes took command of the Quatermaster
Center & School. He assumed the title as the first Quartermaster General in
almost 20 years sometime in 1983.