What confederate commander excelled at west point by placing dead last in his class?


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  • 9 years ago
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    George Pickett

    After graduating last (59th out of 59) in his class at West Point (1846), he gained distinction during the Mexican War when he was the first to scale the heights during the Battle of Chapultepec. He was also involved in the Pig War.

    He later served on the frontier in Washington Territory, and in 1856 occupied San Juan Island, where he prevented the landing of British troops and received the thanks of Congress for his services. In 1861 he resigned from the Federal army and joined the Confederate forces, becoming major-general in 1862.

    During the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg, his men cut down the famous "Irish Brigade". He led the gallant but disastrous "Pickett's Charge" against Union lines in the Battle of Gettysburg.

    He lost the battle of Five Forks in 1865, which lead to the fall of Petersburg and Richmond and to the ultimate capitulation of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox.

  • Squorn
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    9 years ago

    George Edward Pickett placed last in the class of 1846. He was a confederate division commander in James Longstreet's corps, and is famous for having been in direct command of the failed attack at Gettysburg now known as Pickett's Charge. His division was almost entirely destroyed, and he held a grudge against Robert E. Lee for ordering the attack for the rest of his life.

    After Gettysburg, he was reassigned to command a guard division charged with last line defense of Richmond.

    Shelley, Custer was not a confederate. . . . :\

  • 9 years ago

    According to Wikipedia, George Armstrong Custer came in last in his class at West Point. He went on to be a cavalry commander in the Civil War and the Indian Wars and was killed in battle at Little Big Horn.

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