The head of military police in camp or on active service.
- As already mentioned, the provost marshal was the military policeman, issuing passes to civilians and military personnel and detaining prisoners.
- 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.
- 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.
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