I enjoy reading RelaxMax over at http://clarity2010.blogspot.com/
And he has been posting about the battle of Gettysburg, which I recommend if you are so inclined. So anyway, this left update is for you RelaxMax:
During the American Civil War, there was only one soldier to enlist as a private and end the war as a general officer. And he was left handed with no formal military training.
Nathan Bedford Forrest became a lieutenant general I the Confederate Army after enlisting as a private.