Generals at the forefront.
It was no uncommon thing, therefore, to find our highest generals in the very forefront of the battle.
At First Manassas Generals Beauregard
, at the crisis of the battle, both led their men, battle-flag in hand.
Albert Sydney Johnston
, whom President Davis
always regarded as the ablest soldier of the war, fell leading a victorious charge at Shiloh
, and in the execution of that brilliant strategy that had so far succeeded, and which, had he been spared an hour longer, would have resulted in the capture or annihilation of Grant
's whole army.
was often seen on the advance skirmish line of the army, was ever found in the very thickest of the fight, and when shot down by his own men (who would have died rather than injure a button on his old gray coat) was returning from a bold reconnoisance
beyond his advanced pickets.
fell when leading a heroic charge against immense odds, which prevented Sheridan
from riding into Richmond
that day, and crowned a brilliant career with a glorious death.
A. P. Hill
, the chilvaric hero of many a glorious field, fell on the last sad day at Petersburg
(when he had risen from a sick bed to command his corps of heroes) in a brave attempt to join that part of his corps which had been cut off from the main army.