Subsistence Department

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Subsistence Department (Mil) A staff department of the United States army charged, under the supervision of the Chief of Staff, with the purchasing and issuing to the army of such supplies as make up the ration. It also supplies, for authorized sales, certain articles of food and other minor stores. It is commanded by any officer of the rank of brigadier general, called commissary general, and the department is popularly called the Commissary Department.
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Usage

In literature:

The Interior Department has nothing whatever to do with subsistence for the army.
"Sketches New and Old, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The Interior Department has nothing whatever to do with subsistence for the army.
"Sketches New and Old, Part 2." by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
After giving him a little money for his present subsistence, they departed.
"The Pirates Own Book" by Charles Ellms
Of him and the operations of the subsistence department I shall have more to say hereafter, when treating of the bureaus of the Confederacy.
"The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Jefferson Davis
Such were the kind of men whom our friends, of the Subsistence Department, would have had to encounter, if they had gone back.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
After giving him a little money for his present subsistence, they departed.
"The Book of Buried Treasure" by Ralph D. Paine
The hoboes departed, and with them most of the mysterious-subsistence men.
"Memoirs of Orange Jacobs" by Orange Jacobs
Complaints had been made early in the war and continued of our inefficient subsistence department at Richmond.
"From Manassas to Appomattox" by James Longstreet
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In news:

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game would like to remind residents to submit subsistence.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is canceling a second fishing period for Yukon River subsistence fishermen so that more king salmon will reach spawning grounds in Canada.
The department has already issued 575 bull-only drawing permits and 5,439 either sex subsistence permits.
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