The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomatox- Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and Their Brothers
John C. Waugh
No single group of men at West Point--or possibly any academy--has been so indelibly written into history as the class of 1846. The names are legendary: Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, George B. McClellan, Ambrose Powell Hill, Darius Nash Couch, George Edward Pickett, Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox, and George Stoneman. The class fought in three wars, produced twenty generals, and left the nation a lasting legacy of bravery, brilliance, and bloodshed.
This fascinating, remarkably intimate chronicle traces the lives of these unforgettable men--their training, their personalities, and the events in which they made their names and met their fates. Drawing on letters, diaries, and personal accounts, John C. Waugh has written a collective biography of masterful proportions, as vivid and engrossing as fiction in its re-creation of these brilliant figures and their pivotal roles in American history.
Fight the main battle against Shields at Port Republic. But Frémont and his congregation had opened fire on Ewell at Cross Keys in earnest. The Fifteenth Alabama stepped forward to detain them until things were more nearly ready. Arnold Elzey had picked the defensive ground and Ewell had found it wisely done. Now with Brigadiers Trimble on the right, Elzey in the center, Steuart on the left, Taylor in reserve, and the First Maryland as usual thrown forward, the services commenced. The First.
At First Manassas.75 Alexander stared at the long line sweeping out of the woods and over the ridge, and it brought a lump to his throat. He thought it as grand a sight as ever a man looked upon: Who could see it without feeling pride in it? As Garnett passed and saluted Longstreet, Alexander galloped out and reined up next to him, and they rode on side by side for a few paces. The two men were old friends. They had crossed the plains together in 1858, along with Armistead. Alexander remembered.
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You relish a Mexican daughter-in-law?” he had queried his parents from Puebla.15 This partiality for the women had gotten him in deep trouble in his furlough summer at West Point. Contrary to Superintendent Delafield’s warnings against stopping in New York City, he had done so on his way back through. His reward was a dose of gonorrhea, followed by complications, which were followed by lingering prostatitis that finally took him out of the class of 1846 and put him into the class of 1847. His.