Sunday, February 1, 2015

Army of Northern Virginia Commanders

Army Of Northern Virginia Commanders From June 1862- May 1863.

General Robert E. Lee, Thomas J. Jackson, James Longstreet, J.E.B. Stuart.
Both "Stonewall" Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart were killed during the war. Jackson met his end at the Battle Chancellorsville in May of 1863. Stuart would be shot and killed by a dismounted Union Cavalryman at Yellow Tavern in 1864.

Army of Northern Virginia June 1863- 1864
General Robert E. Lee
MG  James Longstreet
MG  Richard Ewell
MG  A.P. Hill
MG  J.E.B. Stuart

Richard Ewell took command of Jackson's Corp after his death. A.P. Hill was given a new Corp.

Confederate Commanders During The Peninsula Campaign.
Gen Joseph E. Johnston and MG John B. Magruder

General Joseph E. Johnston was commander of the Confederate forces until he was wounded by a shot in the chest at the battle of Seven Pines.

MG John B. Magruder had Command of The Army of The Peninsula.
Lafayette McLaws, James Longstreet, D.H. Hill, and Jubal Early held Division Commands

BG Wade Hampton of South Carolina with BG John B. Hood of Texas.

BG Cadmus Wilcox and BG Robert E. Rodes.
 Wilcox was Born in North Carolina but was raised in Tennessee. At the beginning of the war he given command of the 9th Alabama Regiment. He would end the war as a Major General. Robert E. Rodes Was born in Virginia. He was one of Lee's first divisional commanders who was not a West Point Graduate. After graduating from Virginia Military Institute he accepted a teaching position as assistant professor. He left shortly after a full professor position was given to Thomas J. Jackson instead of himself. Rodes was a civil engineer in Alabama when the war started. He was given command of the 5th Alabama Infantry Regiment. On Sept 19, 1864, Rodes was killed at the Third Battle of Winchester while directing his division on the field.

Group Shot of Brigadier Generals Cadmus Wilcox, Robert E. Rodes, William Mahone, and John B. Hood.

BG William Mahone and BG John B. Hood both commanded brigades during the fighting in the Peninsula.
William Mahone was a railroad man by trade. he received a civil engineering degree from Virginia Military Institute.One of his instructors was Thomas Jackson. Mahone was described as small in stature. he was 5 feet 5 inches tall and 100 pounds. One of his soldiers said. "He was every inch a soldier, though there were not many inches of him." His wife Otelia Mahone was working as a nurse in Richmond when Governor  John Letcher came and told her William was wounded at The Second Battle of Manassas. Upon hearing that it was only a "flesh wound." It is said that Otelia replied. "Now I know it is serious for William has no flesh." He suffered from dyspepsia and had to watch what he ate. His headquarters was easy to spot for it usually was accompanied by a milking cow and chickens. The last days of the war was particularly hard for him. Artillery battalion commander William Poague ran into Mahone during the retreat to Appomattox. "I found him sheltering himself under a poplar tree from a passing thunder shower and in a towering passion abusing  and swearing at the Yankees, who he had just learned had that morning captured his headquarters wagon and his cow, saying it was a most serious loss, for he was not able, in the delicate condition of his health, to eat anything but tea and crackers and fresh milk." After the war he went back to the railroad and later had a successful political career as a senator from Virginia

BG John B Hood and BG Wade Hampton.

Jackson's Valley Campaign Stonewall Jackson and Richard Ewell

In the spring of 1862, Major General Thomas Jackson took his division of 17,000 men and made life an immortal hell for union forces in the Shenandoah Valley.  His troops marched 646 miles in 48 days and engaged three different Union Armies numbering 52,000 men and defeated them. Jackson's only defeat was his first engagement at Battle of Kernstown on March 23, 1862.
By pinning down these armies and keeping them off the doorsteps of Richmond, He became a hero to the south. Popular songs of the period were, "Stonewall Jackson's Way" and "Jackson in the Valley."
"Stonewall" Jackson's Valley Campaign is still taught at West Point to this day. The principles of fast maneuver, hitting your enemy hard and not letting them regroup, have inspired future Generals both here in the United States and abroad. General George S. Patton Jr. and Germany's Erwin Rommel used what was referred to as "Jacksonian Tactics" in their battles of World War Two.


  1. Having only recently found you blog, I am curios which figures you use? They look rather like Jacklex 20mm

  2. Hi Ian, The figures I use are from GHQ Miniatures. The "Generals" that I have modeled and posted on the blog are modified from the Command Personalities they have available. I will take a Union General, the Winfield Scott model, repaint him to look like Cadmus Wilcox. The John B. Hood model is actually James Longstreet only painted differently. The scale is 10mm. Thank you for your question and welcome to my humble blog. :)

  3. As always, thank you Kathy for your kind words. I have several side articles in various stages of developement.

  4. Thanks for the info - I would never have thought those were 10mm! They look really great

  5. Very nice job, and great photos!


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