(07-07-2016, 03:59 AM)jonnymacbrown Wrote:
(02-05-2016, 07:17 AM)Weasel Wrote: When Lee took command and changed the name of the "Army of the Potomac" to "Army of Northern Virginia", and began replacing commanders from division and corps with generals from Virgina he allianated several states, most noteably North Carolina and Georgia. Both of these states contributed over 47% of the regiments that made up the ANV yet their states were sadly lacking in representation. Virginia only contributed about 24% of the regiments to the ANV. Because of this both North Carolina and Georgia began entertaining the idea of leaving the confederacy and making a seperate peace with the Union. It was only through fast talking by Davis that things smoothed over.
An interesting fact I never knew, gained from Gettysburg The Last Invasion.
If they had left it would have been the end of the rebellion in 1862.
North Carolina was the 2nd to last state to secede and only seceded after Virginia did. jonny
By truly astonishing coincidence I am just reading Chapter 5, Volume 2 of Shelby Foote's superb Civil War history, and its description of Lee's reorganization of his two corps of four divisions each into three corps of three divisions each before launching the Gettysburg campaign.
He left Longstreet in command of the First Corps, with McLaws, Hood and Pickett remaining in command of their respective divisions.
Second Corps went to the deceased Stonewall Jackson's principal deputy, Richard Ewell.
Third Corps went to A.P. Hill, who Lee held in high regard for his previous performance.
In all, 10 of the 15 most important billets in the army were held by Virginians. Georgia had 2, Texas along with North Carolina and South Carolina had one each, while Mississippi and Alabama had none despite providing three brigades of troops apiece.
But, other than a brief mention of the disparity between the states, Foote makes no mention of Jeff Davis having to patch things up. He goes into considerable detail in other areas so it's odd he wouldn't mention it, but on the other hand he wrote his history in 1963 so perhaps the information wasn't available to him.