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ezza12320 Oct 2017 12:32 p.m. PST

I am looking to do a scenario based on the Battle of Williamsburg, May 1862 and would be grateful for an idea on how to rate commanders, based on their historic performance.

Just a rough guide would do in order to rate the following commanders from 1-3, with 1 being good and 3 being poor. Rating specific to this battle, please, rather than a rating for their overall performance during the war.


CinC – Brigadier General Heintzelman
III Corps, 2nd Division – Hooker
1st Brigade – Grover
2nd Brigade – Tyler
3rd Brigade – Patterson

III Corps, 3rd Division – Kearny
1st Brigade – Jameson
2nd Brigade- Birney
3rd Brigade – Berry

IV Corps, 1st Division, 2nd Brigade – Peck
IV Corps, 2nd Division, 1st Brigade – Hancock


CinC – Major General Longstreet
Brigade Commanders – Hill, Anderson, Pickett, Wilcox, Pryor, Colston and Early

Many thanks for your help,


KPinder20 Oct 2017 5:43 p.m. PST

Scotty Bowden's Stars and Bars has some ratings for 2nd Bull Run.

Heintzelman – Average
Hooker – Good
Kearney -Superior

Longstreet – Good

S&B doesn't rate leaders at Bde level. His books on 1st Bull Run and Gettysburg rate leaders more comprehensively, but he has no book on the Peninsula.

Bugler02 Nov 2017 4:09 p.m. PST

The rain was coming down so hard visibility was very limited. Longstreet wasn't aware of the number or location of all the redoubts. D.H.Hill's brigade emerged from the woods an made a very aggressive charge against a Yankee occupied redoubt on the Confederate left. His causalities were heavy and the 5th NC lost a battle flag, the first the Yankees captured in the war. The whole premise of the Confederate objective was to hold the Yankees until the wagons and caissons could move out of Williamsburg through the quagmire that was the Duke of Gloucester Street. That took most of the day and then the Confederates withdrew up toward Richmond. The last time I visited the battlefield was May 5, 2017. It was raining hard that day, too.

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