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By Philip Katcher

On the time of the yankee Civil struggle, with million males lower than fingers, a US military that during pre-war days had depended upon a minute variety of technical troops now required nearly a military of experts on my own. designated sharpshooters have been recruited for skirmishing responsibility; males whose wounds may have ended in their discharge long ago now stumbled on themselves guarding very important posts within the Veteran Reserve Corps; and massive numbers of civilians chanced on themselves in uniform as individuals of the Telegraph or health center Corps. Philip Katcher examines the association and uniforms of the expert troops who served within the armies of either sides.

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He was present at Appomattox for the final scene of the war. Those who served with Longstreet often fell under his quiet spell. Captain Thomas Goree, a Texan on his staff, wrote in August 1861: "Genl Longstreet is one of the kindest, best hearted men I ever knew. Those not well acquainted with him, think him short and crabbed, and he does appear so except in three places: 1st, when in the presence of ladies, 2nd, at the table, and 3rd, on the field of battle. " Those who had only a slight acquaintance found Longstreet off-putting.

He had light blue eyes and reddish-brown hair, worn long although thinning on top. His frock coat is cut longer than Longstreet's and worn open at the throat; he wears no sash, and favours a slouch hat for field dress. Despite his reported lack of arrogance, Evans was noted as having a savage look to him unless he were smiling. B1: Brigadier-General William Whiting B2: Brigadier-General Cadmus Wilcox B3: Major-General Gustavus Smith William Whiting (B1) - like Evans, a drinker whose habit caused comment even in a hard-drinking army - was described as a handsome man who, being aware of his social position and professional standing as one of the elite of the pre-war US Army, was somewhat brusque in his dealings with others.

1 April 1865 found Pickett enjoying a brief break from his duties, eating newly caught shad with fellow generals Thomas Rosser and Fitz Lee. His troops were on the far Confederate right, along Hatcher's Run, when the Federals hit. Although separated from his command by Union troops, he still managed to get back to his men at Five Forks; but his command was badly battered, and Lee was forced to retreat from Petersburg, going west and then south to join Confederate forces in North Carolina. Lee rather unfairly blamed Pickett for the disaster and relieved him of command.

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