By Philip Katcher
The generals who led the brigades, divisions, corps and armies of the Confederacy have been very mostly items of a similar expert backgrounds as their rivals in Union blue - certainly, lots 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. by way of box adventure they have been additionally just like the majority of Union commanders - none of them had ever commanded rather a lot as a brigade earlier than 1861, they usually needed to examine by means of trial and mistake. a few whose pre-war list 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 information the careers, personalities and visual appeal of 25 commanders who made their names in most cases with the military of Northern Virginia within the jap theater of conflict.
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Porter Alexander, "Poor Whiting was a very hard drinker, & no one who knew him could but fear & wonder how he would acquit himself, off alone with his division ... " Whiting commanded his division at Seven Pines (Fair Oaks), in the Valley campaign, and in the Seven Days' Battles. In this last series of actions in late June 1862 he was very critical ofJackson, while rumors spread that Whiting had been under the influence of alcohol and done less than his fair share at Malvern Hill (1 July). " Whiting went on sick leave in late 1862, and on his return found that Lee had arranged for his removal from the army and assignment to Wilmington, North Carolina, to defend the mouth of the Cape Fear River.
On 11 May he was mortally wounded at Yellow Tavern during one of those fights. Taken to Richmond, where he refused a drink of whisky even though dying, he succumbed the next day, and was buried in the Confederate capital's Hollywood Cemetery. 53 "Jeb" Stuart loved the full display of a general officer of cavalry, though he preferred a dashing personal uniform with a buttoned-back jacket to the regulation frock coat - see Plate D3. Again, note the regulation large central star in the generals' collar insignia, often omitted by generals in favor of the three equal stars which were the formal insignia of colonels.
Since writing the above I have again 51 Much was expected of Gustavus Woodson Smith, photographed here just before the war (cf Plate 83). He had been one of the intellectual stars of the prewar Corps of Engineers, and had proved his courage in the field during the Mexican War. However, in June 1862 he suffered a nervous breakdown as soon as he came under the pressure of senior field command. 52 seen the general, and am pained to learn that partial paralysis has already commenced. Porter Alexander, noted, "I had always been a great friend of Gen.
American Civil War Commanders (2): Confederate Leaders in the East (Elite 88) by Philip Katcher