Video by Andrew Prasse

Army of Northern Virginia, army of legend,
Who were your captains that you could trust them so surely?
Who were your battle-flags?
Call the shapes from the mist,
Call the dead men out of the mist and watch them ride
Army of Northern Virginia by Stephen Vincent Benet

It's June 1, 1862. Gen Robert E. Lee's pen hovers over the document that accepts his position as Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia... thoughts race through his mind.

Since Lincoln issued the proclamation of war against the Confederate states, Virginia and the rest of the border states were in a whirlwind of activity calling state militias to arms for their defense. Lee himself was appointed Maj General of Virginia's military forces by the new CSA's government.

The Army of Northern Virginia (ANV) didn't start out with that name, it was originally the Confederate Army of the Potomac with PGT Beauregard in command from June to July of 1861. In July, Beauregard gave up the leadership to Joe Johnston. Throughout the rest of the year, units from other armies joined and merged, such as the Army of the Shenandoah, the Army of the Northwest (northwestern Virginia.) and the Army of the Peninsula. In March of 1862, the Army is renamed Army of Northern Virginia, most likely because that was the name of its parent government department, but it was also the place where most of its battles were fought. Regiments from all over the south flock to join it, places like Georgia, Texas, Arkansas and even as far away as New Mexico and Arizona.

Richmond is under threat, the huge northern Army of the Potomac approaches it. Maj. Gen. Lee is in that city to help organize and keep order. He issues orders to dig trenches while Joe Johnston contends with McClellan on the outskirts of Richmond. This earns Maj. Gen Lee the humiliating title "King of Spades".

When Gen Johnston is wounded at the battle of 7 Pines, President Jefferson Davis drafts the orders...

The call to defend his home state is too loud for him to ignore. He puts pen to paper to write his acceptance letter and begins the long road home from Richmond to Appomattox.

General Robert E. Lee, Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, portrayed by Al Stone
His "Right Arm" Lt. Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, portrayed by Greg Randall His "Eyes and Ears", Maj.Gen J.E.B. Stuart, portrayed by Bill Frueh His "Rock", Lt.Gen James Longstreet, portrayed by Gene Pennell
Lt.Gen Richard Ewell, portrayed by Chris Godart Lt.Gen A.P. Hill, portrayed by Rod Saunders Lt.Gen Jubal Early, portrayed by Mike Sipes
Lt.Gen John B. Gordon, portrayed by Ron Cole    
Brig Gen E. Porter Alexander, Portrayed by Daniel Brown Col. John S. Mosby, portrayed by Jimmy Fleming  
Maj.Gen George E. Pickett, portrayed by Niles Clark Brig.Gen Lewis Armistead, portrayed by Dennis Cole Maj.Gen Isaac Trimble, portrayed by David Trimble
Brig.Gen "Extra Billy" Smith, portrayed by Dave Meisky Brig.Gen Albert Jenkins, portrayed by John Belcher One of J.E.B. Stuarts Cavalry Commanders Major General L.L.Lomax,portrayed by Dan L. Carr
Brig.Gen Richard Garnett, portrayed by Dwight Hensley Brig.Gen Maxcy Gregg, portrayed by Tony Virando Brig.Gen Basil Duke, portrayed by John Duke
Brig.Gen Billy Mahone, portrayed by Warren Schwartz Lt. Gen John Bell Hood, portrayed by David Blosser Brig.General James Pettigrew, portrayed by Bill Nordan
In Memory of Jack Maples who lost his battle with cancer In April 2013  
General Samuel Cooper, portrayed by Drew Pallo Jefferson Davis, President of the CSA, portrayed by David Walker Gen Joseph E Johnston, portrayed by Mark Whitenton
Commodore Ebenezer Farrand, portrayed by Calvin Ashwell Lt.Gen Leonidas Polk, Army of Tennesee, portrayed by Greg Stull Capt Sally Thompkins, portrayed by Rosemary Thoburn
Mathew Brady portrayed by Wayne Ritchie Col Lafayette Guild, the Medical Director of the Army of Northern Virginia and Gen Lee's physician portrayed by Gene Lastfogel Major Harmon portrayed by Bernie Beechler
Maj. Heros von Borcke, portrayed by RJ Cicero Maj. Hunter, portrayed by Jim Boykin Maj. Charles Pickett, portrayed by Clay Pickett
Maj. Robert Dabney, portrayed by Wayne Ritter    

8/22-24 - Manassas, VA

Thanks to Teri Carr for photos

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