Being born in the north , but having lived in the south for quite a few years, I have a place in my heart for both..tfor different reasons. Thus I haveno dog in the fight either.
Nathan Bedford Forrest..was once asked by an enlisted man, what was meant by "logistics". Old Nathan had down to earth answer..
He said logistics id "being there, firstest with the moistest
Forest gets hammered for being one of the founders of the Ku Klux Klan. Not completely accurate. He was indeed one of the founders of the Kuklos circle. a band of about half dozen confederate veterans..
I guess much like the starting of the GAR Grand Army of the Republic..or American legion..
Problem is, the Kuklos Circle rather went "off the rails" and eventually became the Klan.
I understand the Kuklos Circle was a type of defensive group to start. In order to understand the reason for confederate veterans to form defensive groups, one has to understand the nature of carpetbaggers & scalawags.
Yes, the north also had great generals and some bummers...
If I were to confederate generals to respect, they would be Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson.
Lee for his tactics, Jackson for his tenacity, and both for their Christian testimony.
One of the Union officers I admire the most, wasn't a general at all. It was Col. Joshua Chamberlain.
Chamberlain (20th Maine) Held Llittle Roundtop under 3 charges, even though his troops were out of ammo during the last charge, and faced it with bayonets.
Little Round top, was the key point in the war.. Therefore; the Col. held the key point that turned the battle of Gettysburg. Gettysburg was the turning point of the war, so he more than any single man, was responsible for winning the war.
I have admiration for Gen G.A.Custer ..for his reckless courage during the Civil War..he was also the youngest general in the Union Army, at 23.
Chamberlain at Little Round Top !