Who were among the greatest military generals in history?Name some.
Confederate Civil War Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. Although Lee would eventually surrender the remnant of his once mighty Army of Northern Virginia after four years of fighting, the victories won on the battlefield against long odds are among the most studied in history. Beginning with a near miraculous defensive victory in the Seven Days Battles around Richmond (after Lee took command of the main Confederate army following the wounding of its leader, Gen. Joseph Johnston), Lee turned the Army of Northern Virginia into the premier fighting force on the planet. Despite constant numerical disadvantages that forced him to fight against superior numbers, Lee managed to win major victories at the Second Battle of Bull Run and Fredericksburg in 1862. Lee's "right arm" during most of these battles was corps commander "Stonewall" Jackson. Jackson had already won one of the most audacious victories in military history when his small army defeated a group of Union armies sent to destroy him during the 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Jackson's corps played a significant part in the victories at Bull Run and Fredericksburg before gaining immortality with their successful flank attack at the Battle of Chancellorsville--the South's greatest victory. In May 1863, Union General Joe Hooker's Army of the Potomac had surprised and outpositioned Lee: Outnumbering Lee by nearly 2-to-1, Hooker appeared to have clear sailing into Richmond. But a desperate Lee decided to split his force in the face of superior numbers, sending Jackson with nearly 30,000 men on a roundabout march that would put him on the Union army's exposed flank. While Lee held off Hooker's 80,000+ men with barely 20,000 troops, Jackson's 6 p.m. attack routed the Federal left, turning what appeared to be a sure Union victory into a race for survival. Darkness prevented Jackson's corps from a complete victory, and the Confederacy suffered one of its greatest losses when "Stonewall" was mortally wounded by friendly fire later that evening while personally scouting for a rare night attack.