|Hill was certainly a better division commander than a corps commander. He didn't react to extreme stress well. Of course, by 1864 the Confederacy was running out of exceptional officers so they had to take what they could get. The problem in American armies of the 19th century (heck, it even persists through today) is seniority. Gordon was way down on the list. No matter what anyone tells you, promotion is never based purely on ability. With all that said, there is a huge difference between brigade command and corps command. Gordon benefited immensely from his time as a division commander. If he had somehow went right from brigade to corps command, he probably would have been overwhelmed by the difference.
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