By Philip Katcher
The generals who led the brigades, divisions, corps and armies of the Confederacy have been very mostly items of an identical expert backgrounds as their rivals 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 struggle. when it comes to box event they have been additionally just like nearly all of Union commanders - none of them had ever commanded quite a bit as a brigade sooner than 1861, they usually needed to research by way of trial and mistake. a few whose pre-war list had promised a lot have been to fail the try out of battle; 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 frequently with the military of Northern Virginia within the japanese theater of warfare.
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The late-flowering scholar and dogged defensive fighter Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox (B2) was described by Arthur Fremantle in 1863 as wearing "a short round jacket and a battered straw hat"; the jacket has a line of white trim and three buttons on each cuff. He was of short stature, and photos show high cheekbones, a lined forehead and very dark eyes. He is shown here with a holstered pistol and cap pouch on his sword belt, and a black haversack and binocular case slung around his body. W. II Smith (B3) was photographed in regulation dress.
The fuller beard is from a photograph - see page 17. Stuart One of a number of Lee's (Ai) attested uniforms - see pages 30-31. Lee described himself thus in June 1861: "My coat is gray, of the regulation style and pattern, and my pants of dark blue, as is also prescribed, partly hid by my long boots. " Charles Blackford wrote: "Lee does not hesitate to avail himself of some of the aids of martial pomp, though perfectly simple in his daily life, walk and conversation ... " Moxley Sorrel described Lee: "Up to a short time before Seven Pines he had worn for beard only a well-kept moustache, soon turned from black to grizzled.
Taken several years after the war when he was president of Washington College, Lexington, Virginia. The war had turned his hair entirely gray. Col. 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.
American Civil War Commanders: Confederate Leaders in the East by Philip Katcher