American Civil War Commanders: Confederate Leaders in the by Philip Katcher

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 competitors in Union blue - certainly, a lot 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 struggle. when it comes to box adventure they have been additionally just like the majority of Union commanders - none of them had ever commanded a lot as a brigade prior to 1861, they usually needed to research by means of trial and mistake. a few whose pre-war list had promised a lot have been to fail the try out of conflict; a few extra vague officials have been to upward push 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 as a rule with the military of Northern Virginia within the jap theater of battle.

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He was graduated eighth out of 56 cadets in the West Point class of 1842. Entering the Corps of Engineers, he was assigned to the Company of Sappers, Miners and Pontoniers in the Mexican War. He commanded the company from 10 March to 22 May 1847, and earned brevets as first lieutenant and captain for meritorious service at Cerro Gordo and Contreras. Mterwards he served as the Principal Assistant Professor of Engineering at West Point, and worked on various seacoast fortifications. Smith, known to army friends as "GW," resigned from the service on 18 December 1854 to become a civil engineer.

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. All business and all exciting questions must be kept from him for awhile. Major Melton will accompany him to prevent, while it is necessary, all such intrusion.

I can spare him, if in your good judgment, you decide he is the best William Pendleton, Lee's chief of artillery and an ordained Episcopalian minister, was occasionally confused for Lee by civilians when he was in Richmond - a mistake which gave the reverend gentleman much pleasure. " Nevertheless, his work in organizing the Confederate artillery for massed use on the battlefield was a genuinely valuable contribution. Cf Plate A2. " Davis, while he took Lee's advice and did not name Pendleton to the command, still thought well of the man.

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