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By Philip Katcher

The generals who led the brigades, divisions, corps and armies of the Confederacy have been very mostly items of a similar 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 struggle. when it comes to box adventure they have been additionally just like nearly all of Union commanders - none of them had ever commanded quite a bit as a brigade ahead of 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 warfare; 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 ordinarily with the military of Northern Virginia within the jap theater of battle.

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W. Blackford noted that "General Stuart always dressed well and was well mounted, and he liked his staff to do the same. " The visiting Austrian officer Fitzgerald Ross noted: "General Stuart is an absolute teetotaler, and never drinks anything stronger than lemonade. He says that if he were to drink any strong liquors at all, he is sure he should be too fond of it, and therefore prefers total abstinence. " For all that, Stuart was a devout Episcopalian. The army's cavalry was enlarged to divisional strength and Stuart was named its commander with the rank of major-general on 25 July 1862.

The son picked a military career, entering the US Military Academy's class of 1830. Lee, a member of the class ahead of him. He also came under the influence of the chaplain, who brought a number of cadets to the Episcopal Church. Three years after graduating from the Academy he resigned from the army and entered the seminary. Pendleton was ordained a priest in 1838, and was called to become rector of Grace Church, Lexington, Virginia, in 1853. Save for the four years of the Civil War, he would occupy this post until his death.

Wilcox resigned his commission on 1 June 1861, and became colonel of the 9th Alabama Infantry. The 9th Alabama saw action at First Manassas (Bull Run, 21 July 1861) and Wilcox was promoted to brigadier-general on 21 October. Sick and absent during the Maryland campaign of 1862, Wilcox known to his men as "Old Billy Fixin'" - commanded on the left of the Confederate line at Fredericksburg (13 December 1862) and consequently saw little action there. At the beginning of May 1863 he proved his value when he observed Union troops heading towards Chancellorsville in Lee's rear, and deployed his brigade successfully to delay the Federal advance while sending word back to Lee of this probe.

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