February 22, 2017

American Civil War Commanders (2): Confederate Leaders in 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 an identical specialist backgrounds as their competitors 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 warfare. by way of box adventure they have been additionally just like nearly all of Union commanders - none of them had ever commanded rather a lot as a brigade earlier than 1861, and so they needed to research via trial and mistake. a few whose pre-war list had promised a lot have been to fail the attempt of struggle; a few extra imprecise officials have been to upward thrust 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 usually with the military of Northern Virginia within the japanese theater of struggle.

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In figure he was short, stout, square-shouldered, deep-chested, strong-limbed; in complexion, dark and swarthy, with coal-black eyes and black, thick, close-curling hair and beard. Of his type, he was a handsome man, but the type of the Roman centurion ... " The prickly Southern aristocrat Wade Hampton (C3), who succeeded "Jeb" Stuart at the head of the cavalry, was noted by staff officer John Esten Cooke as wearing a "plain gray coat, worn, dingy, and faded ... " rather than the regulation uniform.

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.

In 1863 Fremantle wrote that Lee "generally wears a well-worn long gray jacket, a high black felt hat, and blue trousers tucked into his Wellington boots. I never saw him carry arms; and the only mark of his military rank are the three stars on his collar. He rides a handsome horse, which is extremely well groomed. " Private Luther Hopkins, 6th Virginia Cavalry, saw Lee in 1864: "He was dressed in a new Confederate uniform that fitted him perfectly, with longlegged boots, reaching above the knees.

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