By Philip Katcher
The generals who led the brigades, divisions, corps and armies of the Confederacy have been very principally items of an identical 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 conflict. 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 sooner than 1861, and so they needed to study by means of trial and blunder. a few whose pre-war checklist had promised a lot have been to fail the attempt of struggle; a few extra vague 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 japanese theater of battle.
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Mter the war Wilcox moved to Washington, DC. In 1886 he was appointed land chief of the railroad division of the Land Office, holding that post until his death on 2 December 1890. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Washington. Williams was the first medical director of the army in Virginia, serving in that post until the battle of Seven Pines (Fair Oaks) in the Peninsula campaign at the beginning of June 1862. His uniform appears to be generally as regulation, with the black facings of the medical branch, though lacking the gold lace Austrian knot on the forearms.
Longstreet's aide Thomas Goree took comfort in the fact that Smith was at least a "comparatively temperate" man. Lee, Smith made a cautious return to Johnston's planned attack. However, on 2 June his adjutant had to report to Richmond that "General Smith finds himself utterly unable to endure the mental excitement incident to his actual presence with the army. Nothing but duty under fire could possibly keep him up, and there is danger of entire prostration. He goes to town today to gain a few days' respite.
Virginia cavalry officer Charles Blackford wrote home after First Manassas: "Stuart sleeps every night on Munson's Hill without even a blanket under or over him. " Stuart led the Army of Northern Virginia's cavalry on a reconnaissance right round the entire Army of the Potomac just before the Seven Days' Battles in late June 1862, a feat that gained him even more fame - and he played up to it. W. Blackford noted that "General Stuart always dressed well and was well mounted, and he liked his staff to do the same.
American Civil War Commanders: Confederate Leaders in the East by Philip Katcher