By Philip Katcher
The generals who led the brigades, divisions, corps and armies of the Confederacy have been very principally items of an analogous specialist backgrounds as their competitors in Union blue - certainly, lots 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 the majority of Union commanders - none of them had ever commanded loads as a brigade earlier than 1861, and so they needed to study by means of trial and blunder. a few whose pre-war list had promised a lot have been to fail the try 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 information the careers, personalities and visual appeal of 25 commanders who made their names ordinarily with the military of Northern Virginia within the japanese theater of struggle.
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He graduated 59th in a class of 59 from West Point in 1846, and was assigned to the 2nd US Infantry Regiment. He was transferred the following year to the 7th and then to the 8th Infantry, with which he served in the Mexican War. Not a brilliant soldier, he was nonetheless a brave one, earning a brevet to. first lieutenant for meritorious conduct during the battles of Contreras and Churubusco, and to captain for gallant conduct at Chapultepec. He received a permanent first lieutenant's commission on 28 June 1849, 47 The dandyish George Pickett worn an unusual coat, although his trousers were regulation.
Volunteers always abuse an Officer if he does his duty, and enforces discipline. But it amounts to nothing. Of one thing I am fully convinced, that an army undisciplined is very unreliable and almost worthless. " Staff officer Kyd Douglas noted that Whiting was "a quicktempered, as well as an excellent officer ... " In September 1861, President Davis directed that the army's regiments be placed in brigades by state, where previously they had been brigaded for reasons of location, numbers, and so forth.
He was collector of internal revenue and postmaster at Savannah in 1875-76. He died in that city on 24 July 1897, and is buried there. 44 Thomas Munford, a Virginian, was one of those who rose to high field command in the Army of Northern Virginia without ever officially receiving such a commission. As colonel commanding the 2nd Virginia Cavalry, he was leading a brigade in Stuart's Cavalry Corps as early as May 1863, although he reverted to regimental command at several points before being officially appointed a brigade commander - although never commissioned as a brigadier-general - in November 1864.