Top Three Corp Commanders?

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That's only part of the reason why the III Corps was merged into II Corps. Just as important a reason was to be rid of that drunk, Old Blinky French, who outranked nearly everyone in the army. Merge his command out of existence, and suddenly he's no longer the senior subordinate in the army.

I often say that the only aggressive move Blinky French ever made in his life was on a whiskey bottle, and I believe that to be a true statement.
Wouldn't it have just been easier to send him out West to keep an eye on some peaceful Indians?
 

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I think that at most Dan "Tammany Hall" Sickles was qualified for a brigade, maybe a division command but he was not an ideal Corps commander. He was an amateur at the start of the war but so was John A. Logan, Nelson A. Miles, Nathan Bedford Forrest, John B. Gordon, Francis C. Barlow and Wade Hampton but they turned out to be gifted commanders. Sickles became a post war friend of James Longstreet.
Yep a brigade command,for Sickles and,then,you'd have to watch him.
 
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George Gordon Meade - army commander
Andrew A. Humphries - Chief of Staff
Sharp (can't think of his full name) - intelligence
Hancock - Quarter Master
Hunt - Artillery
Hotchkiss- Maps
Sherman - S.D. Lee, Logan, Dick Taylor
Grant - Thomas, McPherson, Cleburne
Longstreet - Micah Jenkins, D.H. Hill, Hood
Jackson - "Allegheny Ed" Johnson, A.P. Hill, Ewell
Sheridan - Custer Hampton Buford Stuart
 
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George Gordon Meade - army commander
Andrew A. Humphries - Chief of Staff
Sharp (can't think of his full name) - intelligence
Hancock - Quarter Master
Hunt - Artillery
Hotchkiss- Maps
Sherman - S.D. Lee, Logan, Dick Taylor
Grant - Thomas, McPherson, Cleburne
Longstreet - Micah Jenkins, D.H. Hill, Hood
Jackson - "Allegheny Ed" Johnson, A.P. Hill, Ewell
Sheridan - Custer Hampton Buford Stuart
The Sharp would be Colonel George H. Sharpe of the 120th New York.

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Grant

1st Corps - Lee
2nd Corps - Logan
3rd Corps - Gordon
Cavalry - Hampton

Artillery - Hunt

Division Commanders
Jackson
Cleburne
Hood
Rodes
Early
Cheatham
Hazen
Sheridan
Sherman

That's my wining team!!
 

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Grant

1st Corps - Lee
2nd Corps - Logan
3rd Corps - Gordon
Cavalry - Hampton

Artillery - Hunt

Division Commanders
Jackson
Cleburne
Hood
Rodes
Early
Cheatham
Hazen
Sheridan
Sherman

That's my wining team!!
I would ad my name sake John S. Bowen to division command. Bowen had a superb record during the Vicksburg campaign. A pre-war neighbor of U.S. Grant.
 
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Army Group Commander: Grant

Army A: Lee
I Corps: Longstreet
II Corps: Jackson
III Corps: Cleburne
Cavalry: Forrest

Army B: Sherman
I Corps: Reynolds
II Corps: McPherson
III Corps: Meade
Cavalry: Sheridan
 

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Thats true, just look at how America performed during those wars... spectacularly in my opinion. If America hadnt fought in those wars Germany would be a massive empire beyond any other country.
I think the British and French would've won the Great War without us , in late 1918 or 1919. Note the British army of 1918 combined new infantry tactics, armor, advanced artillery techniques and air ground support and was as modern an army as had ever existed; indeed one can reasonably argue the British army of 1918 was more advanced than that of 1939. Not to mention the British blockade of Germany and the suffering it inflicted on an increasingly disaffected German people.

I think the Soviets alone would've defeated the Germans in the Great Patriotic War as well; it would've taken longer but for the Russian people it was victory or death. Really. The Red Army was <the> great army of that war.
 
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Army commander--Grant

Corps commanders--Longstreet, Thomas, Sherman

Cavalry commander--Wilson

Artillery commander--Hunt
 
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If you could create your own army during the Civil War using known commanders of the time who would you use? Think of it as a fantasy civil war team.

I'm thinking;
Lee as an army commander
1st corp Jackson
2nd corp Gordon
3rd corp Joe Johnston
Cavalry corp Forrest
Grant - Army
Hancock- corps
McPherson-corps
Logan-corps
Sheridan-cavalry
 

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I'll start with the Confederate Army

Army Commander: Robert E. Lee
Chief of Staff: Joseph Johnston
Chief of Artillery: Stephen D. Lee

1st Corps: James Longstreet
Division Commanders: John B. Gordon, Benjamin Cheatham, A. P. Hill

2nd Corps: Stonewall Jackson
Division Commanders: Patrick Cleburne, Alexander Stewart, Stephen Ramseur

3rd Corps: Jubal Early
Division Commanders: Robert Rodes, John Bowen, Richard Taylor

Cavalry Corps: Wade Hampton
Division Commanders: Jeb Stuart, Tom Rosser, John Wharton
 
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Union Army:

Commander: Ulysses S. Grant
Chief-of-Staff: William T. Sherman

1st Corps: George Thomas

2nd Corps: Winfield Scott Hancock

3rd Corps: John Logan

Cavalry Corps: John Buford
 
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I'll start with the Confederate Army

Army Commander: Robert E. Lee
Chief of Staff: Joseph Johnston
Chief of Artillery: Stephen D. Lee

1st Corps: James Longstreet
Division Commanders: John B. Gordon, Benjamin Cheatham, A. P. Hill

2nd Corps: Stonewall Jackson
Division Commanders: Patrick Cleburne, Alexander Stewart, Stephen Ramseur

3rd Corps: Jubal Early
Division Commanders: Robert Rodes, John Bowen, Richard Taylor

Cavalry Corps: Wade Hampton
Division Commanders: Jeb Stuart, Tom Rosser, John Wharton
Like the choice of Bowen but no room for D. H. Hill?
 

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Think I'll change my answer....

CS Army Commander: Lee
1st Corps: Longstreet
2nd Corps: Jackson or Gordon
3rd Corps: Richard Taylor or Robert E. Rodes
Artillery: E. P. Alexander or S. D. Lee
Cavalry: Forrest, Hampton, or Tom Green

US Army Commander: Grant
1st Corps: Sherman
2nd Corps: Hancock
3rd Corps: Logan
Artillery: Hunt
Cavalry: Sheridan or Wilson

Not much else to choose from because there were only so many capable or possibly capable corps commanders, and you don't know who would really work well with who. Better one would be top division or brigade commanders.
 
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Army Commander - Joe Johnston
1st Corps - James Longstreet
2nd Corps - Nathan Bedford Forrest w/Patrick Cleburne as Senior Div Command(Including all Cavalry)
A detachment of 2 Divisions- Stonewall Jackson (For offensive movements)

These men were a handful of the few men who understood how the war should have been fought given the technological advances, and that Napoleonic tactics were heading for the history books.
 



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