War Between the States

While we wait on Bass to confirm above here's another nickname question...why was CSA Brig William Smith of Va called "extra Billy"?
Known nationally as “Extra Billy” because of his prewar penchant for finding loopholes in government postal contracts to gain extra money for his stagecoach lines.
 

Milkman

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What was RE Lee’s early nickname given by some, King of what?
King of spades. His engineering background led him to have the men dig trenches.
 

JSnake

Senior Member
Longstreet @ Antietam?

In other news, I'm reading "Confederate Goliath" by Rod Gragg. Details the defense of Wilmington and Fort Fisher. Enjoying it so far...I've never been to Wilmington, might have to make a trip.
 
Longstreet @ Antietam?

In other news, I'm reading "Confederate Goliath" by Rod Gragg. Details the defense of Wilmington and Fort Fisher. Enjoying it so far...I've never been to Wilmington, might have to make a trip.
That is correct. The best defensive position in Lee's main line held by Hill's men suddenly pulled out of line ( after cutting down many yankees ) leaving a big void. Hordes of blue bellies went for it and Ol' Pete directed the artillery and gave them canister with help from Jebs bro in law, Cap or Col. Cooke, who hit the horde in flank, basically saving Lee's Army.
 
This Gent accepted leadership of Jackson’s Stonewall Brigade after he was mortally wounded at Chancellorsville.
Who was he and what unusual prior history did he have with Ol Jack, his former VMI professor?
 
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