By Philip Katcher
The generals who led the brigades, divisions, corps and armies of the Confederacy have been very mostly items of an analogous expert backgrounds as their competitors in Union blue - certainly, lots of them have been former West aspect 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 event they have been additionally just like the majority of Union commanders - none of them had ever commanded lots as a brigade prior to 1861, and so they needed to study by way of trial and mistake. a few whose pre-war checklist had promised a lot have been to fail the attempt of warfare; a few extra vague officials have been to upward thrust 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 as a rule with the military of Northern Virginia within the japanese theater of struggle.
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Pendleton died as the rector of Grace Church on 15 January 1883, and is buried in the church graveyard. PICKETT, George Edward (1825-75) George Edward Pickett (see Plate E2) was born in Richmond, Virginia, on 28 January 1825. He graduated 59th in a class of 59 from West Point in 1846, and was assigned to the 2nd US Infantry Regiment. He was transferred the following year to the 7th and then to the 8th Infantry, with which he served in the Mexican War. Not a brilliant soldier, he was nonetheless a brave one, earning a brevet to.
In figure he was short, stout, square-shouldered, deep-chested, strong-limbed; in complexion, dark and swarthy, with coal-black eyes and black, thick, close-curling hair and beard. Of his type, he was a handsome man, but the type of the Roman centurion ... " The prickly Southern aristocrat Wade Hampton (C3), who succeeded "Jeb" Stuart at the head of the cavalry, was noted by staff officer John Esten Cooke as wearing a "plain gray coat, worn, dingy, and faded ... " rather than the regulation uniform.
Walter Taylor wrote home in March 1864 that, "My chief is first rate in his sphere - that of a commanding general. He has what few others possess, a head capable of planning a campaign and the ability to arrange for a battle, but he is not quick enough for such little affairs as the one I have described. He is too undecided, takes too long to form his conclusions. " The conventional judgement is that Lee was fatally short of such subordinates, and - ever the gentleman rather than the commander-inchief - was fatally hesitant in controlling or replacing those to whom his delegation of responsibility proved unwise.
American Civil War Commanders: Confederate Leaders in the East by Philip Katcher