By Philip Katcher
The generals who led the brigades, divisions, corps and armies of the Confederacy have been very principally items of a similar specialist backgrounds as their rivals in Union blue - certainly, a lot 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 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, and so they needed to examine by way of trial and blunder. a few whose pre-war checklist had promised a lot have been to fail the try of conflict; a few extra imprecise 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 struggle.
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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.