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COLONEL. An officer in the army, next below a brigadier general, bears this title.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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George I rewarded him with the colonelcy of the 9th Foot.
Edward Cooper Hodge, commanding officer of the 4th Dragoon Guards in the Crimea, reflected that he had been given a colonelcy in that regiment worth 840 [pounds sterling].
This dismay had led to his determination to resign his Regular Army commission in order to accept the colonelcy of one of the regiments of Michigan volunteers, a post which had been offered to him by Governor Austin Blair.
He backed the right Democratic candidate for governor and his reward was a place on the gentleman's staff as aide and a Kentucky colonelcy, a title he kept for life.
He continues to hold that colonelcy but is outranked by the Queen, who is colonel-in-chief of the Royal Welch Fusiliers.