Author's Note: I apologize in advance if facts aren't right. I tried to use reliable sources, but we all know how that goes. This is written for upper level elementary kids. I want to use something like this is my future classroom. Do you guys think something like this would work? One more thing, not all of the CSA generals were used here, I tried to pick the more famous ones and more well known ones. My formatting didn't take and I tried to fix it on this site. The site won't let me. So, it's a little bunched up and confusing.

Can You Name The Confederates?

Can you name the confederates,

Who served doing the American Civil War?

The war that put brother against brother.

The war that lasted from 1861 to 1865.

The war that divided that nation in two,

South and North against each other.

First let's start with General Lee.

The man who had the chance to command the Union army,

Turned them down in,

Would not fight against Virginia.

So, instead he took command of the of the Confederate army.

He viewed slavery as evil,

And openly expressed this.

When the Union went to total War Fare,

Lee stated that he would not harm private property,

Or the local citizens.

Something that the Union never did.

On his march to Gettysburg,

Which was a fail.

Still honoured is honoured today,

And is a hero in American history.

Next, come's General Lee's right hand man,

General Stonewall Jackson would not bow,

Stood strong like a stone wall.

His brigade was the dubbed the "Stonewall Brigade."

Stood strong at Manassas and other places.

Got a job promotion,

Had a few enemies on his side,

Almost quit,

But thankfully was talked out of it.

Lead an attack on Chancellorsville.

Heck, it was his finest day,

Got around the Union flank,

Caught them by surprise.

Too bad he was shot mistakenly by his own men,

During the night of May 2, 1863.

Eight days later died of pneumonia.

Let's move on to "Old Pete,"

Some of you may know him as General Longstreet.

He was "The Old War Horse."

Some say, he replaced Stonewall Jackson.

Made mistakes that stopped him from gaining fame.

Fought with Lee at Gettysburg,

Even though Pete was right.

Then, he did the dirtiest thing of all for a Southern to do at the time,

He became a Republican.

He opposed attacking Gettysburg,

Favoured moving Meade out of position.

However, his plan would have worked,

The others saw that on the second and third day,

When the Confederates realized all hope was lost.

Showed incapacity for independent projects,

Especially at Knoxville.

Stayed with Lee 'til the end.

After the war, became friends with Grant.

Here is a man, who led a charge,

That caused many men to lose their lives.

Enter General Pickett.

He was in the same class as Jackson and McClellan.

Commanded a division at Fredericksburg,

Little did know his time of fame was almost over.

Made his name for a losing cause,

On the third day of Gettysburg.

Lead a charge to attack the Union centre,

Which was fail.

Had to withdraw and lost his division.

Shortly after this, he joined the unemployment line.

This man was a member of the CSA Cavalry,

Brought in to take over the Stonewall brigade for a short time.

Enter the man with the funny hat, General Stewart.

Besides all of that, he was a raider.

Two times he lead a command around McClellan's army,

First in the Peninsula Campaign,

And then after the Battle of Antietam.

However, these weren't viewed as important,

So, let's move on.

Lead the cavalry in several battles.

He captured Pope's headquarters and got info for Lee.

In 1863, he realized that the Union's cavalry was getting better,

This occurred at this largest cavalry battle Brandy Station.

At Gettysburg, he was a little late,

But he wasn't supposed to be there in the first place.

There he failed to get the enemy's rear flank.

Like the Native Americans, he was defeated by Custer and another general.

Hurry, hurry,

Let's move on,

To the other officers.

Marching in to replace Jackson,

Enter AP Hill.

Lead his troops into the Battle of Williamsburg,

Won a few minor battles in Virginia and Georgia.

This all in change in '63 when he fought next to Jackson,

In a small town by the name of Chancellorsville.

There is life was changed by one bullet.

The vacancy was filled,

This was the height of his military career,

And a dream come true.

Sure, he missed his friend, but he liked the job.

Too bad, he would have a fate similar to his friend.

In 1865 at Petersburg, while trying to reunite with his mean,

A bullet found his heart,

Shot dead by a Yankee.

Bet he wished he was like the other officers,

And had a guard surrounding him.

Now let's move on to the big guns.

A young fellow by the name of Edward Porter Alexander,

Blasted his way into history.

Served under Longstreet,

who didn't care how young he was.

Helped lead the Confederates to victory at Fredericksburg.

Shortly after that, he fired his guns,

In the largest artillery bombardment in North America.

During Pickett's Charge, he let his guns rock the earth,

For over two hours.

He arrived late for Chickamauga,

But made up for it by serving as,

Longstreet's chief in the Knoxville Campaign and the Overland Campaign.

When Grant tried to outsmart then at Petersburg,

He had a big surprise,

Alexander moved his guns and rocked their socks.

He tried to use trench warfare, but didn't work out so great,

Ended up getting shocked at Crater, but they still won.

Retreated with Lee at Appomattox.

Didn't want Lee to surrender.

In the end, he ends up blaming Lee,

For the loss of the war.

Here comes a man who was kicked out from West Point,

After breaking a plate over Early's head.

Welcome General Armistead!

He was first a Major, but that didn't that too long,

For two weeks later, he was made a Colonel.

However, a little over a year later, he was made a General.

Now with a bunch of men to boss around,

He went to a number of battles,

Including, Sevens, Seven Days, Sharpsburg, and Suffolk.

But it wasn't until July of '63 that he gained fame,

At a small town called Gettysburg.

There he was to lead the remnants of Pickett's Division.

He put his hat through his sword,

So his men could see him through the smoke

He almost made it across the field,

Then he met his end.

Bingham cared him,

Who was a friend of a friend.

To this man, he pleaded,

"Tell General Hancock from me, that I have done him."

Two days, later he died.

Ah, so sad.

Here's the man, who had a plate broke over his head,

General Early, the man who would not surrender.

He had good timing at both Manassas and Fredericksburg.

"Lee's Bad Old Man" saved the day by charging at key times,

That changed the tides.

He was in every major battle,

That the army of Northern Virginia fought in.

For this, Lee placed him in charge of an independent army in the Valley of Virginia,

This was to keep the Union from Lee's army.

He defended Lynchburg,

The chased Hunter all the way back to West Virginia.

Then, he took a trip to Washington,

Where he gave ole Abe Lincoln quite a scare.

Too bad he was outnumbered,

However, his diversion was a success,

Prolonging the war six to nine months.

Then, he headed home,

He had been relieved of his command ten days before Lee surrendered.

Now let's head to the deep, deep South,

To the land of Louisiana.

Up from the bogs, General Beauregard.

He's the man who lead the CSA to victory at Fort Sumter.

He commanded Charleston Harbour.

Then, he commanded an army you may have read about in your history book,

It's called the Army of the Potomac.

Then, he moved on the Army of Mississippi.

He was reinforced by Johnston and the Army of the Shenandoah,

There he lost some of his office during the first Manassas,

However, he was used to the field and helped them win the day.

Both men had some issues with the president,

They said that if their army had been better supplied,

They could have taken D.C.

Still he was made full general.

He used Napoleonic style warfare.

He attacked Shiloh and took command,

When Johnston was wounded.

Then, he made a stupid,

By letting victory slip through his fingers.

Then, he broke the rules,

Took sick with outside telling Davis that he.

Davis fired him.

Two months later he returned,

And tried to stop Sherman's Raid.

Hurry, hurry,

Let's move on,

To the final officers.

Of course, this isn't all of them,

But we are running out of time.

Now let's head a little west to Texas,

Here comes General Hood, another man who fought from horseback.

He took a trip to the Devil's Den,

Made out of there alive.

Organized the cavalry on the Peninsula,

Fought in small time action, before hitting the big time,

At Seven Pines and Seven Days.

Lead a powerful attack at Manassas round two.

Too bad he fought with Evans and got himself arrested.

Luckily for him, for General Lee bailed him out.

Took command as Longstreet went to Georgia,

Lead the troops at Chickamauga.

Got shot in the leg,

And had to go to the surgeon.

However, it wasn't the end of his career,

He got was permanently assigned to the Army of Tennessee.

Didn't get along with the other boys, especially Hardee.

He replaced Johnston as temporary general.

He wasn't a match for Sherman,

And lost at Franklin.

Here's a man who had big shoes fill,

And didn't.

General Ewell replaced Jackson,

Wasn't people thought he should be.

It may have been the loss of leg,

But many blame it on "Widow Brown" his lovely wife.

Others blame Jackson, who left him ill-prepared.

It may have been the fact that he wasn't used to larger units.

Got a number of jobs including a job in Longstreet's Division and many more.

After the First Manassas, went with Jackson to Shenandoah,

Where he left out of the battle plans.

After Jackson died, he realized that the man may have known what he was talking about.

Maybe through Seven Days, then Cedar Mountain got the best of him.

There was he was wounded and lost his leg at Groveton,

This was right before Second Manassas.

Well, he got better,

And in '63 got to command part of the Stonewall brigade.

Won a battle and everyone thought General Jackson had been reborn.

But man oh man, he screwed up at Gettysburg (the the Wildness) when he didn't follow Lee's orders,

And Lee found that that Ewell needed more help.

Then he took sick leave, but Lee made it permanent.

He became a P.O.W. at Sayler's Creek and that was the end of his military career.

This man was a priest before taking up arms,

Bless you General Pendleton.

In '61 he joined the Confederate Regular Artillery as a captain.

Had four of the big guns called the Rockbridge Artillery,

The guns were named Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

Made his debut at the Balling of Falling Waters,

Where he did a heck of a job.

After that he got a job promotion to the rank of colonel.

After that he became Johnston's chief of artillery at First Manassas.

There he was wounded in his ear and back.

Then, he led the artillery for the Confederate Army of the Potomac,

Which changed its name to the Army of Northern Virginia.

In '62 he was made brigadier general.

Then, a mule kicked him in the leg and crack it was broken.

Then, his hour of fame came during the Maryland Campaign.

On a September night, Lee gave him command of rearguard infantry after Shepherdstown,

Orders were to hold the Potomac River crossings until morning broke,

But he lost his position and guns.

He woke Lee up,

And Lee found that he had exaggerated and made a hasty account.

Only four guns were lost,

And the press had a field day.

Nevertheless he finished the war out as a administrative and taught religion,

And surrendered with Lee.

This man's father you may have read about in history class,

General Taylor was the son of Zachary Taylor.

He was also related to the president of CSA, Jefferson Davis.

He helped trains forces in Pensacola Florida,

Then, moved on to First Manassas,

Was Brigadier General under Ewell.

One of his regiments was famed "Wheat's Tigers,"

They were known for rough living and hard fighting.

He was skilled at Front Royal, First Winchester, and Port Republic.

Let's move on to Seven Days' Battle,

Where he had to sit out part of the time, because of rheumatoid arthritis.

After this is got promoted to Major General,

He was sent to West Louisiana.

This region was in bad shape and needed help keeping the Yankees away.

He failed to recapture New Orleans,

But made up for it.

He made Banks look like an idiot at the Red River Campaign.

He had some issues with his superiors and asked to be relieved of command.

Instead, he got promoted to Lieutenant General and was sent to Alabama.

Then, he was given Hood's job as commander of the Army of Tennessee.

In May of '65, he was the last major force to surrender east of the Mississippi.

Here's our final officer, he's quiet far from home,

Camille Armand Jules Marie, Prince de Polignac,

Hails from France.

He was Beauregard's chief of staff.

He fought at Shiloh and Corinth,

After that he was promoted to brigadier general.

Gained fame at his victory in the Red River Campaign of '63.

In '64 was made major general.

Then, he returned home to ask Emperor Napoleon III,

To help the Confederacy.

He didn't make it all that far, because General Lee surrendered.

He outlived all of the CSA major generals.

Of course, this isn't all of them,

But we are running out of time.

Our rhyme has to end somewhere,

So why not here?
Of course, we've got our final verse.

Can you name the confederates,

Who served doing the American Civil War?

The heroes who served in

The war that put brother against brother.

The war that lasted from 1861 to 1865.

The war that divided that nation in two,

South and North against each other.

Works Cited

These are all websites, but the fommating got messed up

Wikipedia (For Alexander)

Civil War Academy

Civil War Home

Remembering Robert E. Lee by Gail Jarivs

History Central