Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Top Rated Civil War Generals

"The Best Civil War General" 
The debate rages on!  Who was the best Civil War general?  We weigh-in with our ranking based on the following factors: number of victories in "A" rated battles, number of battles won, winning percentage, net casualties, and enemy casualties.  Before readers get too excited, this system only considers results,   not intangible factors.

So here's our top 25 generals

25. Meade - Union - inflicted a lot of casualties, but suffered net losses
24. Warren - Union - four wins
23. Longstreet - Confederate - shocking to some, but not the cadre of those who don't like Pete
22. Pleasonton - Union - underrated cavalryman
21. Sibley - Union - undefeated but far from quality wins
20. Magruder - Confederate - two wins, Civil War Oscar
19. Burnside - Union - 9,600 net casualties, really doesn't belong on the list
18. Price - Confederate - 5,900 enemy casualties
17. Ewell - Confederate - 12,900 enemy casualties
16. Johnston, Joseph - Confederate - 20,600 enemy casualties
15. Early - Confederate - 4,000 net casualties put him on list
14. Curtis - Union - two "A" ranked victories
13. Blunt - Union - five wins
12. Banks - Union - five wins
11. Thomas - Union - 9,700 enemy casualties, one "A" ranked victory
10.Forrest - Confederate - nine wins, 5,500 enemy casualties
9. Grant - Union - high net casualties hurts his ranking, most wins
8. Farragut - Union - undefeated in battle, two "A" ranked victories
7. Beauregard - Confederate - nine wins, 15,300 casualties, two "A" ranked victories
6. Sherman - Union - seven wins, inflicted 18,000 enemy casualties
5. Sheridan - Union - six wins, three "A" ranked victories
4. Rosecrans - Union - 34,000 enemy casualties, two "A" ranked victories
3.Lee - Confederate - 11 wins, 168,000 enemy casualties, six "A" ranked victories
2. McClellan - Union - surprising place for most prodded general, 26,000 enemy casualties, two "A" ranked victories
1. Jackson - Confederate - You may not agree with the other rankings, but this one seems correct - 9 wins, three  "A" ranked victories, 20,000 enemy casualties

Observations:  What's that they say about liars and statistics?  Some of the rankings make sense, but others (Rosecrans, Longstreet, McClellan) don't.  I'd like to revise the system to show impact of performance on battles where the officers were not the primary commanders.

1 comment:

Chris Rippel CKLS Continuing Education said...

I think you should consider putting CSA Major General Patrick Cleburne on your list.