Over 400 Confederate and 580 Union soldiers rose to the rank of general in the Civil War. Of them, more than 1 in 10 would die, an astounding 124 in all 78 for the South and 46 for the North. Weaving their stories into a seamless narrative of the entire war, Smith paints a fascinating and often moving portrait of the final moments of some of the finest American warriors who have ever lived.
Derek Smith is a journalist and the author of several Civil War books, including The Gallant Dead and In the Lionâ€™s Mouth. A native of Bishopville, South Carolina, he lives in Williamsville, New York.