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Virginia's Confederate Generals

Jubal Anderson Early

General EarlyLieutenant-General Jubal Anderson Early was born in Franklin County, Virginia on 3 Nov 1816 and died in Lynchburg, Virginia on 2 Mar 1894. He served in the Seminole Wars, the Mexican-American War and the War Between the States. Commander in the Second Corps. Battles: Bull Run (first battle); Williamsburg; Seven Days; Antietam; Fredericksburg; Chancellorsville; Gettysburg; Wilderness, Waynesboro and the Northern Virginia Campaign as well as the Valley Campaigns of 1864.

Sources: Abraham Lincoln by Carl Sandburg (1940); Civil War Times Illustrated, Vol. II, No. 4, July 1963.

Jeannette Holland Austin

George Edward Pickett

General PickettGeneral George Edward Pickett was born in Richmond, Virginia in January of 1825 and died 30 Jul 1875 in Richmond, Virginia. He fought in the Mexican-American War and commanded the First Division First Corps Army of Northern Virginia. Battles: Fredericksburg; Gettysburg; Second battle of Petersburg; Appomattox; Five Forks and the Peninsula Campaign. His most famous moment was the perilous charge which he made on 3 July 1864 in Gettysburg. His army crossed a corn field which did not provide a visual of the enemy waiting for them on the crest of a hill. I have personally visited this site and walked from place of Longstreet's encampment in the woods across the field. Even though it appears flat, the terrain is rather hilly and lumpy and one does not get a visual until reaching the road, and then it is too late. Sources:Civil War Times Illustrated, Vol. II, No. 4, July 1963.

Jeannette Holland Austin

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