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Aug 16, 2015
Which Civil War general was nicknamed “Old Crazy?”

credit: @hoosier

*Hints: The general was mortally wounded at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House and was only 35 years old when he died. His last name is the same as a common foodstuff.

James Clay Rice (aka "Old Crazy"), Brigadier General, U. S. Volunteers (1828-1864).

Oct 10, 2019
Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
As an addition to my answer, I wondered how BG Rice got the nickname "Old Crazy". I found the answer in the book, "In The Hands of Providence: Joshua L. Chamberlain and The American Civil War", page 150: An order to capture Round Top for the Union soon came from the Corps commander. It was dusk and Colonel Rice, whose excitement in battle had earned him the affectionate nickname of "Old Crazy" by his men, asked Colonel Joseph W. Fisher to take his Pennsylvania Reserves up to the darkening slope of Great Round Top and seize it". I Love a Mystery !


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Apr 1, 1999
Wild and Wonderful WV
Answer: James Clay Rice

I was interested to find that Rice is portrayed in the movie “Gettysburg.” He is the New York commander who comes down the hill to congratulate Joshua Chamberlain for repelling the Confederate assault on the Union left flank at Little Round Top.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=James_Clay_Rice&oldid=938281448


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