Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia by J. Its mark on the popular consciousness is so strong that many people believe that it was the Confederate Army; that General Robert E. Lee was the ranking Confederate general for the entire war; and that Appomattox, where it surrendered to its Union foes in the Army of the Potomac in Aprilwas the place where the war ended. Once the Confederate capital moved to Richmond, less than one hundred miles from Washington, D.
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Others are less well known but are still important, as the southern generals were the commanders that led the troops and helped decide the ultimate outcome of most civil war battles. Here is a list of important confederate generals and commanders, along with links to more information and articles about each one.
List of Confederate Generals Robert E. Lee General Robert E. Lee was the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia and is known as the most accomplished Confederate general.
Learn more about Robert E. Lee Stonewall Jackson General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson fought boldly and with great success from Bull Run to his death from a mistaken shot from a Confederate sharpshooter at the battle of Chancellorsville. Learn more about Stonewall Jackson J.
Stuart was an accomplished cavalry commander known for his skill at reconnaissance. He was an innovative cavalry commander who started the war as a private. Mosby was a Confederate Cavalry Commander known for his speed and elusiveness.
Read more about John Mosby P. Read more about P. Hill was a confederate General best known for commanding the "Light Division. Read more about A. Hill Richard Ewell Richard Stoddert Ewell led numerous battles during the Civil War, but his failure to capture Cemetery Hill on day one at Gettysburg led to his men and himself to be captured and imprisoned at Richmond.
Read more about Kirby Smith John Bell Hood John Bell Hood was reputed for his aggressive and bold commands, a reputation which continued in battles despite his physical disabilities.
Read more about Lewis Armistead Porter Alexander Edward Porter Alexander was a Brigadier General known for being the first man to use signal flags to send messages using signal flags.
Read more about Porter Alexander John Pemberton For a list of northern civil war generals, please see our union generals page. For a list of all important generals from the civil war, please see our civil war generals page.
Such a detrimental state of affairs would never be tolerated by either the civilian leadership or the military high command. Yet, this was precisely the situation that existed in Civil War armies on both sides, although the Confederate Army suffered more from its consequences.
The Confederate officer corps was a collection of highly individualistic, temperamental and ambitious men. Honor and personal pride seemed to be at the root of most of their personal differences with each other, even to the point where these considerations were placed above the best interests of the Confederacy.
These differences affected military decisions, strategic planning and campaign operations throughout the war and contributed greatly to the eventual demise of the Confederacy.
The Confederates began bickering among themselves at the first important battle of the war. Beauregard were found to be too large for the same battlefield. In a dispute that was to be repeated again and again during the war, they argued over who should command their combined forces.
Unfortunately for Beauregard, his opponent was better armed for the debate, having brought along a telegram from Southern President Jefferson Davis strictly establishing the relationship between them. Therefore, Johnston officially commanded their forces that day.
However, the wily Creole got in the last word; while Johnston napped in his tent after his long train ride from the Shenandoah, Beauregard drew up the battle orders, to which he attached his name.
Wanting to avoid argument, or perhaps too sleepy to notice, Johnston signed, and history gave Beauregard the credit for the first great battlefield victory of the war. Other disputes on the Confederate side were neither as harmless nor as fortunate in their outcome.
Some, indeed, became legendary, such as those involving the fearsome cavalry leader Nathan Bedford Forrest. Forrest was a bear cat for a fight.
He once gutted one of his lieutenants with a pocketknife after the disgruntled officer had first shot the general.List of Confederate Generals Robert E.
Lee. General Robert E. Lee was the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia and is known as the most accomplished Confederate general. A.P. Hill was a confederate General best known for commanding the "Light Division." He was commander Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson’s most trusted general.
*Robert E. Lee was born on this date in He was a white American soldier known for commanding the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the American Civil War from until his . Oct 17, · Robert Edward Lee was an American and Confederate soldier, best known as a top army commander of the Confederate States of America.
He commanded the Army of. Biography of General Robert E. Lee - including history articles, links, recommended books and more. Robert Edward Lee (January 19, – October 12, ) was an American and Confederate soldier, best known as a commander of the Confederate States Army.
Skip to main content Lee renamed his command the Army of Northern Virginia, and under. Lee renamed his command the Army of Northern Virginia, and under his direction it would become the most famous and successful of the Confederate armies. This same organization also boasted some of the Confederacy's most inspiring military figures, including James Longstreet, Stonewall Jackson and the flamboyant cavalier J.E.B.
Stuart. Originally called the Confederate Army of the Potomac, the confederate forces were renamed the Army of Northern Virginia when Robert E. Lee assumed command on June 1, .