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|You may have stepped in something by labelling any general a coward. Early almost let a successful assault on Wash. DC in July of 1864, except for General Lew Wallace's delaying action at Monacacy. Early performed well at Gettysburg and was Lee's front man in alot of actions. He finally fell out of favor late in 1865. But, if you asked Longstreet whether he enjoyed tangeling with Early and he would vote :no.
As for Howard, "worst" does just not fit. Superlatives never work in sports or Civil War Generals. Maybe they do in describing Corps, however, because the 11th was the worst...They were the Tampa Bay Bucs of the 70's.