Ewell is a Confederate Lieutenant General of such abilities that he has been chosen to succeed a portion of Stonewall Jackson’s former command. However, he lost a leg in battle the previous year and never regained his confidence in command. On the first day at Gettysburg, Lee orders him to attack the Union hold on Cemetery Hill if possible. However, Ewell fails to attack, and when Lee confronts him, he is rambling and nervous, deferring to Jubal Early. Lee later realizes that promoting him has been a mistake, as he just isn’t dependable in battle.
Richard Ewell Character Timeline in The Killer Angels
The timeline below shows where the character Richard Ewell appears in The Killer Angels. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Wednesday, July 1, 1863: Chapter 3: Lee
...him, and together they savor this initial victory. Lee explains that he has ordered General Ewell to take Cemetery Hill. Longstreet agrees that this will be a good move, enabling the... (full context)
Wednesday, July 1, 1863: Chapter 6: Lee
Thursday, July 2, 1863: Chapter 3: Longstreet
...with the agreement of his commanders, as far as possible. He further explains that both Ewell and Early disagree with Longstreet’s argument for a defensive move, believing it would be bad... (full context)
Thursday, July 2, 1863: Chapter 6: Lee
...destroyed such a spirited soldier. Then Venable, one of Lee’s aides, approaches with news from Ewell’s camp. Ewell is uncertain in his actions, deferring too much to Early. This confirms Lee’s... (full context)
Friday, July 3, 1863: Chapter 2: Longstreet