Character List



Lee, General Robert E. (the Old Gray Fox) commander of the Army of Northern Virginia

Longstreet, Lieutenant General James (Pete, Old Peter, Dutch, Old Pete, War Horse) 1st Army Corps commander and Lee's most valued commander

Armistead, Brigadier General Lewis A. (Lo, Lothario) Pickett's brigade commander, who was close friends with General Hancock before the war

Pickett, Major General George E. Longstreet's division commander

Garnett, Brigadier General Richard Brooke Pickett's brigade commander who was seeking to salvage his honor from an unfounded slur by General Stonewall Jackson

Early, Major General Jubal Ewell's division commander

Ewell, Lieutenant General Richard S. (Old Baldy) 2nd Army Corps

Stuart, Major General James Ewell Brown (J.E.B.) Cavalry Division commander who was controversial and flamboyant

Heth, Major General Henry (Harry) Hill's division commander

Hill, Lieutenant General Ambrose Powell 3rd Army Corps

Hood, Major General John Bell (Sam) Longstreet's division commander

Jackson, General Thomas J. (Stonewall, Old Thomas, Old Blue Light) forceful commander under Lee who was killed before Gettysburg and whose loss forced the reorganization of Lee's Army, placing several inexperienced generals in command positions

Pettigrew, Brigadier General James Johnston Heth's brigade commander

Kemper, Brigadier General James Pickett's brigade commander from Virginia who was speaker of the Virginia House and not fond of foreigners

Fremantle, Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Lyon-Englishman of Her Majesty's Coldstream Guards, there to observe the Confederacy. His name is sometimes spelled Freemantle

Harrison Longstreet's spy

Pender, Major General William Dorsey Hill's division commander

Taylor, Major Walter Lee's aide

Trimble, Brigadier General Isaac division commander under Pender who led one of the groups in Pickett's charge; he was originally a volunteer under Ewell

Sorrel, Major G. Moxley Longstreet's chief of staff (sometimes spelled Sorrell)

Rodes, Major General Robert Ewell's division commander

Mary Armistead refers to Mary, in remembering the last night with Hancock and Hancock's wife Almira. While not specifically stated, it is assumed this is his deceased wife's name

Pickett, Sallie (LaSalle Corbelle) George Pickett's wife; at the time of Gettysburg she was his sweetheart


Buford, Brigadier General John division commander in the cavalry who was the first to get to Gettysburg and was responsible for recognizing the good ground and holding it until reinforced

Chamberlain, Colonel Joshua Lawrence former professor from Bowdoin University who commanded the 20th Maine regiment that was primarily responsible for holding Little Round Top. He later was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bayonet charge against the enemy when out of ammunition

Chamberlain, Lieutenant Thomas Joshua Chamberlain's aide, and his younger brother

Kilrain, Former Sgt. Buster aide to Chamberlain, like a father to him

Hancock, Major General Winfield Scott II Corps commander; dynamic and brave, who on more than one occasion saved the battle

Meade, Major General George Gordon commander of the Union Army who received this command just before Gettysburg

Reynolds, Major General John F. I Corps commander; a fine commander killed the first day of battle

Rice, Colonel James M. commander of the 44th New York regiment in Vincent's brigade

Vincent, Colonel Strong Chamberlain's commander

Sickles, Major General Daniel (Bully Boy) III Corps commander who was infamous for killing Barton Key (Francis Scott Key's son) for having an affair with his wife

Doubleday, Major General Abner 3rd division commander in the I Corps who was replaced the amid reports he failed to manage his command well

Gibbon, Brigadier General John division commander in Hancock's II Corps who had three brothers fighting on the Confederate side, and had a reputation as a cold, icy man

Hazlett, Lieutenant Charles E. commander of Battery D, 5th U.S. Artillery in the V Corps, who reinforced Chamberlain and the other groups fighting on Little Round Top. He was killed shortly after arriving there

Hooker, Major General Joseph (Fighting Joe) commander of the Army of the Potomac until the night before Gettysburg when he was replaced by Meade

Howard, Major General Oliver O. XI Corps commander who outranked Hancock on the field but had to submit to Hancock's command on the first day of battle.

McClellan, General George B. commander of the Union Army, well liked by many of the troops, who was replaced for being too cautious

Warren, Brigadier General Gouverneur, K. member of Meade's command staff who was responsible for getting Vincent's men onto Little Round Top minutes before the Confederates tried to take possession of it

Weed, Brigadier General Stephen H. commander of a brigade in V Corps that reinforced the men fighting for Little Round Top