Special Sub-Topic: Little Known Confederate Generals
|This general was born in Alabama and led a Texas brigade at Chickamauga, where he was killed by artillery fire.|
James Deshler. James Deshler was hit in the chest by a cannonball and killed instantly at Chickamauga. He was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama and is buried there.
|This man earned the rank of general at the battle of Manassas. He became mentally ill and went home for Christmas. On December 26th, 1861 he committed suicide.|
Philip Cocke. Philip St. George Cocke committed suicide at his home in Virginia on December 26, 1861. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery.
|General Gist of South Carolina had one of the strangest names of any other general. What was his complete name?|
States Rights Gist. General Gist's father was such a staunch believer in States Rights that he named his son States Rights Gist. General Gist was killed at the Battle of Franklin in 1864.
|This general was killed leading his men in the Battle of Franklin. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee, but was leading a Mississippi brigade in the battle. Before he died he said, "It is the fate of a soldier to die for his country."|
John Adams. John Adams was hit nine times at the Battle of Franklin and was captured. He died a few moments after making the above statement.
|This general was the first brigade commander under Robert E. Lee to be captured in battle. It was also rumored that he may have been homosexual.|
James Archer. James Jay Archer commanded a Tennessee brigade on the first day at the Battle of Gettysburg and was captured. It had been rumored he may have been a homosexual because he never married and was never seen with women.
|This man was mortally wounded in the Battle of Atlanta. News of his promotion to Brigadier-General didn't arrive until after his death.|
Samuel Benton. Samuel Benton was leading a Mississippi brigade in the Battle of Atlanta when he was mangled by an artillery explosion. He died on July 28, 1864 and shortly afterwards his promotion arrived.
|This general was so hard of hearing that once during the Seven Days' Battles he remarked, "I thought I heard firing?"|
Theophilus Holmes. Theophilus Holmes made the remark. General Lee was so frustrated with his performance that he had him moved to another department.
|This Virginian General could be so ill-natured that he earned the nickname "Grumble". |
William Jones. William Edmondson Jones was called "Grumble" Jones because he didn't mind saying what he thought. He was a brave officer and was killed at the Battle of Piedmont in 1864.
|This general was shot in the head at the Battle of Iuka and killed instantly.|
Henry Little. Henry Little was a close personal friend of Confederate General Sterling Price. General Price went to his tent and with tears running down his cheeks repeated over and over, "I have lost my Little."
|Stonewall Jackson wasn't the only Confederate General killed at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Who was the other?|
Elisha Paxton. Elisha Paxton received his commission because of the recommendation of his good friend Stonewall Jackson. He too was a very religous man. He was shot in the chest at the same battle where his good friend Stonewall was mortally wounded.
|This Confederate General was born in Boston, Massachusetts and led a brigade of Native Americans into the Battle of Pea Ridge.|
Albert Pike. Albert Pike led a brigade of fewer than one thousand Native Americans into the Battle of Pea Ridge.
|This Confederate general was born in Nashville, Tennessee and was killed in the Battle of Murfreesboro (Stones River) in 1863. He was shot through the heart while leading his men. He was 30 years old.|
James Edward Rains. After James Edward Rains was killed, Union General Rosecrans allowed his body to pass through Union lines so he could be buried in his home town of Nashville.
|This man was credited with lining up 62 cannon at Shiloh that helped blow the Union troops out of the Hornet's Nest. It was later discovered that he may have had very little to do with the massing of the cannons.|
Daniel Ruggles. Daniel Ruggles was credited with massing the cannon's in Duncan Field across from the Hornet's Nest, yet Hardee's artillery chief claimed credit for massing the guns. There is very little evidence that Ruggles massed the guns.
|When the war began, this General was a cadet at the University of Alabama. He survived all the major battles of the war to be killed near Petersburg in 1864. He was 24 years old.|
John Caldwell Calhoun Sanders. General Sanders was shot through both thighs and quickly bled to death. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond. His cadet record at the University of Alabama was so good, he was quickly marked as a capable leader.
|President Davis promoted this man to brigadier-general in April 1865. He commanded 400 men. He surrendered his brigade with Joseph Johnston later that month.|
Raphael Semmes. Davis made Raphael Semmes a general at the end of the war. Semmes had commanded the CSS Florida and CSS Alabama. With the Alabama he had captured or sunk 65 Union ships.
|This man commanded the Army of Northern Virginia for a day when Joseph E. Johnston was wounded at the Battle of Seven Pines.|
Gustavus Woodson Smith. General G.W. Smith commanded the army for one day before being replaced by General Robert E. Lee. Smith was on the verge of a nervous breakdown when told he now commanded the entire army. He later resigned because junior officers were continously promoted above him.
|This Confederate general was born in Tennessee. He fought in the Battles of Shiloh, Baton Rouge, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, and throughout the Atlanta Campaign only to be captured at Nashville. After surrendering he was attacked by a Union colonel with a sword. He was repeatedly hit on the head until his brain was exposed. He spent the last 53 years in the Tennessee Hospital for the Insane.|
Thomas Benton Smith. General Smith was placed in the Hospital in 1870 and remained there until his death on May 21, 1923. Union Colonel McMillen was drunk at the time of his attack on Smith.
|This Confederate general was born in Ohio and was killed leading a Tennessee brgiade at the Battle of Franklin.|
Otho French Strahl. General Strahl was born in Ohio and later moved to Tennessee where he became a lawyer. He was shot down in the ditch outside the Union breastworks.
|This Confederate general was the son of a President of the United States.|
Richard Taylor. Richard Taylor was the son of Zachery Taylor, hero of the Mexican War and President of the United States in 1848.
|This Confederate general was a lot like the great Stonewall Jackson. He was very aggressive and believed in a strong offensive. He was wounded and captured during Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg.|
Isaac Ridgeway Trimble. General Trimble became angry at General Ewell for not following up the victory on the first day at the Battle of Gettysburg. Lee asked him to lead one of the three divisions during Pickett's Charge. He was wounded in the leg and was left behind during the retreat where the Union surgeons amputated his leg.
|This general was shot by a jealous husband during the war. |
Earl Van Dorn. Earl Van Dorn was shot by the husband of Jessie McKissack Peters on May 7, 1863 because it was rumored that Van Dorn had slept with his wife.
|This Confederate general attempted to kill his instructor at VMI before the war by throwing a brick at him. His instructor's name was Thomas Jackson, the future Stonewall.|
James A. Walker. James Walker was a top member of his class at VMI and a few weeks short of graduation he fell foul of the stern discipline of Jackson, who had him expelled. Walker served under Jackson in the war and Jackson strongly urged Lee to promote Walker to general.
|This Confederate general was shot off his horse at Antietam while leading one of Stonewall Jackson's divisions. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery.|
William Edwin Starke. General Starke grabbed the flag of a Louisiana regiment at the time of his death.
|This general was killed at the Battle of Atlanta leading a division. He had quarrelled with almost everyone in the army, because he was outspoken and argumentative.|
William Henry Talbot Walker. W. H. T. Walker was the division commander killed at the Battle of Atlanta. He had words with Corps commander William J. Hardee moments before he was killed.
|Everyone knows the story of the 54th Massachusetts Colored Troops attacking Fort Wagner in Charleston, South Carolina, but can you name the Confederate General who defended the fort during the battle?|
William Booth Taliaferro. William Taliaferro commanded the 1100 man brigade in Fort Wagner. He had served under Stonewall Jackson early in the war and requested a transfer when he didnt receive a promotion to Major General.
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