Category Archives: Leadership–Confederate

Lee the “Schoolmaster” and A. P. Hill

ECW welcomes guest author Dan Walker It was mid-May in 1864, two weeks into General Robert E. Lee’s efforts to repel Union General Grant’s Overland Campaign, and Lee’s Third Corps commander, Lieutenant General A. P. Hill was unhappy. He was … Continue reading

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“Give it to ‘em:” Cleburne at Ringgold Gap

ECW welcomes back guest author Ed Lowe “No satisfactory excuse can possibly be given for the shameful conduct of our troops on the left in allowing their line to be penetrated,” lamented Confederate Army of Tennessee commander General Braxton Bragg … Continue reading

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BookChat: James Longstreet and the American Civil War by Harold Knudsen

It’s the 159th anniversary of the battle of Chickamauga—a good showing by Jimmy Longstreet, so a good day to talk a little about a new book by Harold M. Knudsen, James Longstreet and the American Civil War: The Confederate General … Continue reading

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Fighting in Slippers: Longstreet at Antietam

In September 1862, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee led the Army of Northern Virginia across the Potomac River and into Maryland for the first time. It was an effort to capitalize on a summer of stunning Confederate successes in the … Continue reading

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What If James Longstreet Had Been at the North Anna River?

I’ve long maintained that James Longstreet’s wounding in the Wilderness had a bigger negative impact on the Army of Northern Virginia in the immediate moment than the wounding of Stonewall Jackson a year earlier at Chancellorsville. In fact, the wounding … Continue reading

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What if . . .General R. E. Lee wore blue?

President Abraham Lincoln would’ve replaced General R. E. Lee; or the Union would have lost the war. Don’t start throwing rotten tomatoes from your garden, yet—hear me out.

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There Stands Jackson Like Stonewalls? A Union Soldier Speculates on Jackson’s Famous Nickname

The story of how Brig. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson received his famous nickname atop Henry Hill on July 21, 1861, is well-known to Civil War enthusiasts today. For Southerners, they knew it too, and quickly after the Battle of First … Continue reading

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ECW Podcast: Dreams of Victory

If anyone in the Confederacy had big dreams, it was P.G.T. Beauregard. Join Sean Chick for a discussion of his new Emerging Civil War Series biography, Dreams of Victory: P.G.T. Beauregard in the Civil War. Listen for free here on … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Encyclopedia of Confederate Generals

Reviewed by Stephen Davis The first thing that catches your eye about this impressively comprehensive volume is the number 426. Like most of you, I grew up on Ezra J. Warner’s number of 425 Confederate generals. But Mitcham alertly reminds … Continue reading

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The fall of Vicksburg: Breaking the Backbone of the Rebellion

On July 4, 1863, Major General U.S. Grant’s army captured Vicksburg, Mississippi.  This campaign often gets hastily passed over in history conversations.  Gettysburg and Fourth festivities take precedent.  I’m at fault for neglecting this event as well.  Still, the fall … Continue reading

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