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Posted By: on: 11/02/2000 19:47:22 EST
Subject: RE: Reenactor's Favorites Union / Confederate

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A great summation of the war's major players and many to be admired. But my dear sir, you forgot to mention the epitome of the Confederate Gentleman Soldier, General J.E.B. Stuart. Although an infantry reenactor, he is my favorite Southern general. He was one of the few to use cavalry as it should be used in the CW. His raids were artful and the basis for legend. His personality was outgoing, friendly, music-loving, and gentlemanly. Stuart was truly "the last cavalier", to borrow the title of Davis' famous book.

On the Union side, my loyalities are undecided. I see the tide changing in feelings and respect toward Grant, but I much more admire Sherman, and the often-overlooked Little Phil Sheridan. Sheridan and Sherman were basically responsible for rending over half of the Confederacy useless for war and crying for peace, with as little loss of life as possible. Commendable actions on the part of a leader. Personality-wise, Sherman is the man....I love his no holds barred way of doing things, his devil-may-care attitude when speaking and his sense of humor.

Personally I would like to learn about the old warhorse...Longstreet. As well as Cleburne, Wade Hampton, Hancock, Meade, Logan, and some of the "less" famous warriors--North and South.

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