Who is the least-known general officer in the Civil War who had the biggest impact on a victory or loss?
MG Steedman, who marched his three brigades from Rossville Gap to Snodgrass Ridge, arriving just in time (within about fifteen minutes, if I remember David Powell’s account correctly) to defeat the Confederate assault and prevent envelopment of the XIV Corps from the west.
On the bad side, W.W. Loring at Champion Hill.
Emerson Opdyke – 125th OVI at Franklin, TN.
Sibley in New Mexico
General Floyd and Wise and the loss of Western Virginia.
General John D. Imboden, CSA with his defense of Williamsport that saved Lee’s massive supply train during retreat from Gettysburg.
Lovell Rousseau at Perryville
Floyd and Pillow at Fort Donelson.
BG James H. Lane – twice in one day, at Spotsylvania Court House.
Yes, Lane is neglected somehow.
Oliver O. Howard at Gettysburg. He manages to stop his panicky troops at Cemetery Hill, rallies them, and starts building the defensive position which Generals Hancock and Meade would improve.
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