From Wikipedia: Tso Tsung-t’ang (1812–1885), Qing Dynasty military leader who suppressed the 1862–1877 Dungan Revolt
The original General Tso appeared to be a ruthless, blood thirsty leader in late 19th century China. We have no actual way of knowing just how blood thirsty and ruthless he was because frankly, we’re too lazy to do the research but it sounds better if we just assume that he was a crazed wild man hell bent on defeating his enemies and making them wet their pants.
That being said this is a fine dinner recipe. Not sure how Chinese you’ll feel after eating this but that’s really up to you then, isn’t it?