This Wednesday, I have a four-hour-long private hike/tour at Antietam focusing on the Confederate actions in and around the Sunken Road. My main focus, of course, will be on the divisions of Generals Daniel Harvey Hill and Richard Heron Anderson. While the story of Hill's men--his two brigades under Rodes and George B. Anderson--is well known, that of R.H. Anderson's brigades is not. Indeed, despite heavy losses incurred in Anderson's Division at Antietam, the actions of these Confederate soldiers remain as almost an afterthought in the traditional interpretation of the battle, something along the lines of "Around 10:00 a.m., Hill's outnumbered and beleagured Confederates in the Sunken Road were reinforced by elements of R.H. Anderson's Division. . . ."
But this is a story for another day. . .
While preparing for this hike, it dawned on me that the time is long overdue for new biographies of D.H. Hill and R.H. Anderson, both of whom would rise to the rank of lieutenant general in the Confederate army by war's end. This thought got me thinking. . .which other Civil War figures, whether military or political, need their story told, either for the first time or anew?
Send me your thoughts. Whose life story would you like to see covered? Whose biography do you believe is missing from the vast annals of Civil War historiography?