It is as absurd to put a hospital ship under a line officer as it would be to put a hospital on shore under such a command.
And there was not a person there to help us to do this—not a line officer, not a second lieutenant.
He once said to me, 'I would rather be a private in the cavalry than a line officer in the infantry.'
It seemed as if the Phalanx must surrender; they were outnumbered two to one, and every line officer was dead or wounded.
And not being a line officer, he did not himself issue commands to any one except his own hard-worked orderly or clerk.
It was a field officer's command held by a line officer promoted from the ranks, where he had quietly served until "discovered."
Having reached this point, I find myself called upon to work as hard as any line officer on full pay.
He had the line officer's inherent scorn for administrative officers, who are necessary but not glamorous or admired.
"B" company being taken over by Capt. Branthwaite, a recently joined 2nd line officer.
The line officer exercises a direct authority over men and things.