By Philip Katcher
The generals who led the brigades, divisions, corps and armies of the Confederacy have been very principally items of a similar expert backgrounds as their competitors in Union blue - certainly, a lot of them have been former West element classmates and brother officials within the pre-war US military, who had served jointly at the frontier or within the Mexican battle. when it comes to box adventure they have been additionally just like the majority of Union commanders - none of them had ever commanded quite a bit as a brigade earlier than 1861, they usually needed to study by way of trial and blunder. a few whose pre-war checklist had promised a lot have been to fail the attempt of conflict; a few extra imprecise officials have been to upward push to the problem remarkably. this primary of 2 volumes dedicated to the accomplice generals info the careers, personalities and visual appeal of 25 commanders who made their names generally with the military of Northern Virginia within the jap theater of struggle.
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The meaning of the shield and & certainly makes those so around him ... " Mter star badge on his hat is unknown. Although a determined recuperating he returned to active service. fighting general who distinguished himself at Petersburg, Mahone commanded a division in the Mahone was particular about his diet, and his headquarters Petersburg line when the Federals exploded was recognizable by the milk cow and laying hens kept to provide food for his table. Confederate artillery battalion a mine under the Confederates on 30 July 1864 commander William Poague ran into Mahone during the and Ambrose Burnside launched an attack retreat to Appomattox: "I found him sheltering himself through the shattered defenses.
McLAWS, Lafayette (1821-97) Lafayette McLaws (see Plate C2) was born in After the war Longstreet put on weight. He became a Republican, and was a convinced believer in the necessity for the South to put wartime hatreds behind it and look to the future of the Union - a stance which made him unpopular with many other former Confederates. Augusta, Georgia, on 15 January 1821. He graduated 48th in the West Point class of 1842, six places above James Longstreet - with whom he would later have a difficult history.
Rodes led his division at Gettysburg, after which he was praised by Lee - although in fact his division seems to have been badly deployed there. On 27 January 1864, Lee included Rodes on a short-list of four majorgenerals ofwhom he said he had "great confidence" in their abilities. " 50 Brigadier-General Beverly Robertson, a West Pointer who served in the 2nd Dragoons in the West before the war, was elected colonel of the 4th Virginia Cavalry and then named a brigadier-general in June 1862. His cavalry command stayed with the main army instead of going with Stuart during the Gettysburg campaign, and Robertson's inept leadership was a major factor in Lee's moving into Pennsylvania blind to the enemy's dispositions.
American Civil War Commanders: Confederate Leaders in the East by Philip Katcher