Its December 1860, the eve of the Civil War. Who would you say was the South's most famous soldier and who were societal crowds whispering as the most likely GiC?
Sidney Johnston would be my choice, though he was still in far-off California at the time. Joe Johnston was supposedly the highest-ranking in the Old Army of those who resigned to "go South" but that was as Quartermaster General and therefore he wasn't really known as a commander, despite his own opinions to the contrary. Lee too was best known as a staff officer more than a field commander, though his experience had been on the battlefield. Until Sumter, Beauregard was little-known outside his native Louisiana. Davis had been a regimental colonel and Secretary of War but (again, despite his own opinion) had little actual command experience. Scott was probably most people's favorite but too old and adhered to the Union so a moot point.Whitfield Scott as the most well known?
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