Discussion Opinions on Richard Ewell, Overly Maligned, Competent Commander?

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My opinion has been- and remains- that Ewell was "a competent commander", but not a great commander. He most certainly does not belong in the company of Longstreet and Jackson.
When considering his performance at Gettysburg, it is important to remember that Lee was ultimately responsible for the defeat.
I'll play devils advocate here and I'd like any opinions on the matter. Could Ewell be framed as a great commander on par with Jackson or Longstreet? @NedBaldwin notes many of his accomplishments in the Valley campaign. We have discussed his service at Gettysburg and the Wilderness.

Added to the above most importantly and overlooked are his actions at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm that prevented the fall of Richmond in Sept, 64.

Pfanz: "Ewell personally regarded the battle of Fort Harrison as his greatest accomplishment of the war, contending that 'it was in the enemy's power not only to have taken that place but Richmond.'

Historian Richard J. Sommers: "The purely tactical nature of the situation on 29th September brought forth Ewell's best military qualities. Such qualities had shown before, in those halcyon days ere the 2nd Corps had ever heard of Cemetery Hill, at first and Second Winchester, at Stephenson's Depot, at Cedar Mountain, at Strasburg and above all at Cross Keys. Yet great as were his accomplishments then, they do not equal his achievements this day. Acting in the face of imminent disaster to forge and sustain the continuous line from Fort Gilmer to the James that bade fair to contain the Federal breakthrough and save Richmond was the greatest contribution Ewell ever rendered to the Confederate cause."
 
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This may not be related exactly to the question at hand, but does anyone know of a source where I can review how exactly Ewell learned of Jackson's death and his reaction? I've seen "Red Runs the River" recently but I wanted to know if there was any historical data.
 
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Robin Lesjovitch

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Ewell was indeed a victim of the Lost Cause rhetoric. Jubal Early was a brilliant lawyer and writer. Ewell did not stand a chance against Early's acerbic pen and tongue.
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What was it that Early wrote about Ewell that was unflattering or denigrating to Ewell?
 

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Don't know what Early wrote about Ewell, but I suppose Early had a lot of unflattering things to say about a lot of his fellows in arms.
 
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