A military unit smaller than a division and larger than a battalion. During the Civil War a brigade equaled 4 -5 regiments (4,400 - 5,500 men) in the Union Army and 4 - 6 regiments (4,400 - 6,600 men) in the Confederate Army. Brigades were usually commanded by a brigadier general.

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