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Korvessa21 Mar 2019 10:16 a.m. PST

Including those who died of wounds

Gustavus Adolphus
Karl XII
Stonewall Jackson


Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2019 10:37 a.m. PST

Sir John Moore
Maurice Rose

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian21 Mar 2019 10:56 a.m. PST

Major-General Charles George Gordon CB
George Armstrong Custer

Tacitus21 Mar 2019 11:12 a.m. PST

Montcalm and Wolfe

Winston Smith21 Mar 2019 11:14 a.m. PST

Including those who died of wounds.

That could get dicey.
Joshua Chamberlain was wounded severely at Petersburg. He was given a brevet promotion to brigadier general assuming he would die.
He recovered. At the end of the Civil War he was a brevet Major General.
50 years later, he died from complications from his wounds at the age of 85.

So, think that stipulation over. grin

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2019 11:18 a.m. PST

Cyrus the Great
Gustavus Adolphus
Stonewall Jackson
Patrick Cleburne

4DJones21 Mar 2019 11:42 a.m. PST


14Bore21 Mar 2019 11:44 a.m. PST

Graf v. Schwerin

willthepiper21 Mar 2019 11:47 a.m. PST

Sir Isaac Brock

willthepiper21 Mar 2019 11:51 a.m. PST

George Armstrong Custer

Ah, this is obviously some strange usage of the word 'greatest' that I wasn't previously aware of. :)

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2019 11:51 a.m. PST

Sir Issac Brock
Tecumseh (OK it was a small battle, but he still died!)
Richard III
Davy Crockett (Ok, he was a Colonel)
George Anderson at Antietam (Brigadier so it depends if you think a Brigadier is a General)
AS Johnson at Shiloh (big unanswered question of how good he could have been)

Then there's poor oldHerbert Lumsden, who survived WWI and the Afrika Korps to get killed on the bridge of the USS Neew Mexico by a kamikaze attack in 1945

Plus the other above

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian21 Mar 2019 12:02 p.m. PST

Nathaniel Lyon at Wilson's creek

Patrick R21 Mar 2019 12:02 p.m. PST


22ndFoot21 Mar 2019 12:18 p.m. PST

Major-General Sir Isaac Brock, KB
Lieutenant-General Sir Thomas Picton, GCB
Major-General James Wolfe
Lieutenant-General Sir John Moore, KB
Major-General Robert Ross
John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury, KG
Major-General Robert Craufurd
Brigadier John Nicholson, CB

Cerdic21 Mar 2019 12:53 p.m. PST

Harold Godwinson
Richard I

alan L21 Mar 2019 12:57 p.m. PST


pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2019 1:31 p.m. PST

Maj Gen John Reynolds, USA
Maj Gen Patrick Cleburne, CSA

Old Paul21 Mar 2019 2:25 p.m. PST

Jeb Stuart

Volleyfire21 Mar 2019 2:30 p.m. PST

Nelson. Admiral being equivalent rank to General.

William Warner21 Mar 2019 2:30 p.m. PST

Ben McCulloch at Pea Ridge

willthepiper21 Mar 2019 2:44 p.m. PST

Harald Hardrada had a very interesting life and military career before Stamford Bridge.

Winston Smith21 Mar 2019 2:58 p.m. PST

One can make a very strong case for Alexander the Great. He had been wounded so many times, and a few could have carried him off.
Whatever disease or poison he finally died from at the age of 33, his overall health was very compromised by his wounds.

Every few years, some physician somewhere whose specialty happens to be "Betenson's Pox" will publish a paper that Alex died from Betenson's Pox.
Or Carraway's Disease.
Or Flemington's Catarrh.
Or typhus or malaria. Why get fancy?
Recovery from none of them being helped by his many wounds he only partially recovered from. And of course alcohol abuse.

Justin Penwith21 Mar 2019 3:44 p.m. PST


skippy000121 Mar 2019 4:04 p.m. PST

El Cid

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2019 5:04 p.m. PST


14th NJ Vol Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2019 5:49 p.m. PST

To the list above add Pender

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2019 7:01 p.m. PST

FM James Keith

LG Herbert Lumsden

von Schwartz21 Mar 2019 7:06 p.m. PST

Custer?!?! really guys, I mean c'mon look at his war record from the civil war and the fact that he foolishly attacked a vastly superior force without making a thorough and proper reconnaissance not to mention he vastly underestimated his enemy. He obviously never read "The Art of War".

Winston Smith21 Mar 2019 8:22 p.m. PST

He had to be nominated. You don't have to vote for him. grin

Dn Jackson21 Mar 2019 9:12 p.m. PST

Does it matter that Custer was only a colonel when he died?

Cerdic21 Mar 2019 11:25 p.m. PST

I don't think his rank is the issue….

Volleyfire22 Mar 2019 3:16 a.m. PST

Herbert Lumsden.
William 'Strafer' Gott.

Dagwood22 Mar 2019 4:26 a.m. PST


And a Scipio or two.

Major Mike22 Mar 2019 5:57 a.m. PST

Major General Maurice Rose

cavcrazy22 Mar 2019 6:18 a.m. PST

The attack you are speaking about regarding Custer is obviously what happened at Gettysburg, and that charge saved the Federal army from being hit in their rear. And yes, Custer was a great general.

athun2522 Mar 2019 6:52 a.m. PST

I am Spartacus. Well, he was Spartacus.
Hamilcar Barca of Carthage in Spain

Garryowen Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2019 9:11 a.m. PST

George Armstrong Custer
His Civil War record was fabulous (the alleged plagiarist Stephen Ambrose would disagree). Those who think he foolishly attacked an overwhelming number of Indians at the Little Big Horn obviously have not read Small Wars: A Tactical Textbook for Imperial Soldiers by the British Colonel C.E. Callwell. Everything Custer did at the Little Big Horn was on the approved list of tactics for disciplined, trained forces on one side and irregular forces of rebels, native armies or guerrillas on the other.

Interestingly COL Callwell's 500+ page historical study points out that if you want to win in this type of warfare, you have to take risks that you would never take against conventional forces. You will nearly always be successful, but if you lose, you will not only lose the battle, you will probably be annihilated.



Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP22 Mar 2019 9:51 a.m. PST

John Graham of Claverhouse, 1st Viscount Dundee


von Schwartz22 Mar 2019 10:21 a.m. PST


I am Spartacus. Well, he was Spartacus.

Thank you Senator Booker.

dapeters22 Mar 2019 12:45 p.m. PST

Charles the Bold

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP23 Mar 2019 7:03 a.m. PST

General Roosevelt of the 4th US infantry in ww2

Legion 423 Mar 2019 7:23 a.m. PST

A lot of choices. No one mentioned US WWII Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr.

Winston Smith24 Mar 2019 9:48 a.m. PST

The OP was asking for "greatest".
Digging for obscurity doesn't satisfy that. grin

Legion 424 Mar 2019 10:10 a.m. PST

evil grin

von Schwartz24 Mar 2019 6:18 p.m. PST

Ouch, Winston draws blood again!!

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2019 12:02 a.m. PST

George A. Custer was not a General when he died. He was a Lt. Colonel.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2019 12:03 a.m. PST

Another one for Ben McCulloch at Pea Ridge.

Patrick Cleburne

von Schwartz25 Mar 2019 3:41 p.m. PST

Thank you Rallynow, take THAT all you who scoffed at my post, nyaah nyaah!

My adult response.

Legion 425 Mar 2019 3:58 p.m. PST

Ouch, Winston draws blood again!!
Yes, but he did it with a smile ! grin

Musketballs25 Mar 2019 4:55 p.m. PST

A few not so far mentioned:

Maarten Tromp (Admiral)
Peter Bagration
Maximilian von Browne

…and if the qualifier is 'died in action' rather than 'killed in battle':

Attila the Hun

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