By Katcher Ph., Hook R.
Osrpey's exam of the commanders of the yankee Civil warfare (1861-1865). The generals who led the brigades, divisions, corps and armies of the Confederacy have been very principally items of an analogous 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 warfare. by way of box adventure they have been additionally just like the majority of Union commanders - none of them had ever commanded loads as a brigade prior to 1861, they usually needed to research by way of trial and mistake. a few whose pre-war checklist had promised a lot have been to fail the attempt of battle; a few extra vague officials have been to upward thrust to the problem remarkably. this primary of 2 volumes dedicated to the accomplice generals information the careers, personalities and visual appeal of 25 commanders who made their names generally with the military of Northern Virginia within the japanese theater of conflict.
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Extra resources for American Civil War Commanders (2). Confederate Leaders in the East
As colonel commanding the 2nd Virginia Cavalry, he was leading a brigade in Stuart's Cavalry Corps as early as May 1863, although he reverted to regimental command at several points before being officially appointed a brigade commander - although never commissioned as a brigadier-general - in November 1864. In early 1865 he was given command of a division in the Cavalry Corps, which he led until the end of the war. He brought his division out of the trap at Appomattox and disbanded it at Lynchburg after Lee's surrender.
He certainly could not be called an intellectual man, nor was he a brilliant and aggressive soldier; but he was regarded as one of the most dogged defensive fighters in the army ... His men were respectful, but not enthusiastic on this occasion [ofa visit to their camp]. " Another example of McLaws' easy discipline with volunteers came in Georgia, where some soldiers of the 1st Georgia Regiment (Regulars) were caught stealing a hog. In the words of 1st Sgt. Andrews, they were "carried to Gen McLaws' headquarters where the hog was taken from them, their names and regiments taken, and then turned loose threatening to deal with them afterwards.
This turned out to be a distinct tactical advantage for the Confederates, who could mass their guns, although they were otherwise inferior to the Federals in the number and quality of their guns and ammunition. On 15 June 1864, Lee wrote Jefferson Davis about the problem of filling the post of a corps commander with the Army of Tennessee: "As much as I esteem & admire Genl Pendleton, I would not select him to command a corps in this army. I do not mean to say by that he is not competent, but from what I have seen of him, I do not know that he is.
American Civil War Commanders (2). Confederate Leaders in the East by Katcher Ph., Hook R.