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Name three confederate officers who, without any prior military experience, rose to the rank of Lt General

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Name three confederate officers who, without any prior military experience, rose to the rank of Lt General

credit: @Astra23
Nathan Bedford Forrest (1821-1877); Wade Hampton (1818-1902); Richard Taylor (1826-1879).
Although Taylor visited his father, General Zachary Taylor at Matamoros in July 1846 and may have volunteered to become his aide-de-camp, he soon returned home without serving in the military.
(Leonidas Polk (1806-1864) graduated West Point in 1827, but resigned his commission five months later to pursue a religious vocation without further serving in the military.)
 

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Answer: Nathan Bedord Forrest, Wade Hammpton III, and Richard Taylor

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wade_Hampton_III

Edit - Several players answered with the name of Leonidas Polk. While Polk spent most of his career as an Episcopal clergyman, eventually rising to become a bishop, he graduated from West Point in 1827 and served as a lieutenant for five months before resigning his commission, so he did have some military experience prior to the Civil War.

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