Monday, August 24, 2009

Happy 181st Birthday. . .

. . .to Confederate General George "Maryland" Steuart.
Steuart was at the receiving end of what was one of the best trash-talking put-downs of the Civil War. Captured on the morning of May 12, 1864, at the Mule Show at Spotsylvania, Steuart, along with fellow captive, General Edward "Alleghany" Johnson, was taken to the rear where he was introduced to Union Second Corps commander, Winfield Scott Hancock. Hancock extended his hand, but Steuart was indignant. "Considering the circumstance, General, I refuse to take your hand," said the captured Confederate general. Without missing a beat, Hancock replied, "And under any other circumstance, General, I would have refused to offer it."
Classic.

3 comments:

Mannie Gentile said...

Under any other circumstances I would have refused to leave this comment.

Chris Evans said...

One of my favorite anecdotes of the Overland Campaign.

I also remember all of his futile assaults against Culp's Hill at Gettysburg.

Sorta a hard luck commander.

Dan said...

...and according to most accounts, not that great a part-time Shenandoah Valley cavalry commander either (at least, not to Jackson's rather exacting standards).