Promoted by election
Electing junior officers such as lieutenants and captains to higher ranks was common among state troops of both the North and South. This report from Confederate 1st Lt. W. L. Harris of the 15th Texas Dismounted Cavalry certified the results of an election held on March 9, 1864, to fill two vacancies in Company F. The men elected Sgt. William A, Brady and Pvt. Joseph B. Lyas to be lieutenants.
National Archives, War Department Collection of Confederate Records