Question of the Week: 6/19-6/25/23

Who’s YOUR favorite regimental commander?

13 Responses to Question of the Week: 6/19-6/25/23

  1. Edward B. Fowler of the 14th Brooklyn, with Daniel Leasure of the 100th Pennsylvania a fairly close second.

  2. Colonel Hans Heg, the commander of the 15th Wisconsin Regiment. Heg was a Norwegian immigrant from the town that one of our Exchange Students is from, Lier, near Oslo. He was an abolitionist, and helped rally the large immigrant community around the flag of their adopted country. He served bravely, with the love of his men, eventually achieving brigade command. He was killed at the Battle of Chickamauga, deeply mourned by his men. Members of this group might have heard of the travesty committed against his statue in Madison by severely clueless protesters, who pulled down and desecrated his since restored statue.

  3. Lt. Edmund Kirby, commander of Battery I, First US. USMA ’61. At Chancellorsville he was also put in temporary command of the Fifth Maine Light and was MW. Promoted to Brig. Gen. on his death bed.

    1. ‘Ned’ was also outstanding in front of the Adams House at Fair Oaks on May 31, 1862. An observer wrote: “The rapidity of the loading and firing of Kirby’s guns sounded like the incessant pounding in some great steam-boiler shop and excited the attention and admiration of General Sumner and the division commanders.”

      1. And a lot of us our looking forward to the release of the book. It’s sorely needed.

  4. Richard H Rush, 6th PA Cav. Who was a west pointer and somehow never made BG, in spite of a good record and reputation. it is a mystery to me why he was never promoted or given any other higher level field commands.

  5. Nathaniel M. Burford of the 19th Texas Cavalry, who resigned his commission, admitting “I have not the genius, nor talent… to make a successful military commander.” His fellow officers enthusiastically agreed.
    He gets points for honesty, at least!

  6. Henry King Burgwyn the 21 year old colonel of the 26th North Carolina who died on July 1, 1863, while his command pushed the 24th Michigan from their position.

  7. Rufus Dawes, 6th Wisconsin … one of the rare bright spots for the Union on the first day at Gettysburg … and the elder brother of another hard-fighting westerner — Major Ephraim Dawes.

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