Lafayette McLaws
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (Confederate States, 1861-1865)
Date of Birth: 1821
Date of Death: 1897
Occupation: Soldier, businessman
Military Branch: United States Army (Mexican-American War)

Army (American Civil War)

Fictional Appearances:
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): American Front (prelude)
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Nationality: Confederate States
Military Branch: Army of Northern Virginia (War of Secession)

Lafayette McLaws (January 15, 1821 – July 24, 1897) was a United States Army officer and a Confederate general in the American Civil War. He made a good record at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg, but after the Knoxville campaign was court-martialed for inefficiency, though this was overturned for procedural reasons. He was sent to his native Georgia to resist William Sherman's March to the Sea, and surrendered with Joseph Johnston in April 1865.

McLaws remained bitter about his court-martial, especially since the charges had been filed by James Longstreet, his friend and classmate at West Point, with whom he had served for years. Although he defended Longstreet against Lost Cause proponents who blamed him for losing the war, McLaws never fully forgave Longstreet for his actions.

Lafayette McLaws in Southern Victory[]

Lafayette McLaws commanded a corps of the Army of Northern Virginia at the Battle of Camp Hill, outflanking the Army of the Potomac from the left, contributing to the decisive Confederate victory of the War of Secession.[1]

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  1. American Front, p. 1, mmp.