Photo of Union General Ulysses S. Grant

Military figures, of course, dominate any list of people caught up in the experience of war. A few entered the American Civil War carrying memories of earlier battles in Mexico, Canada and along the American frontier, but most had no military experience at all. No matter; success in war would not depend on pedigree.

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  • Vicksburg National Military Park

    Cadwallader Washburn

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    In 1854, Cadwallader Washburn was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican from Illinois, the first of his three terms. He served as a delegate to the 1861 Washington Peace Conference, a final effort by the states to prevent civil war. Read more

  • Vicksburg National Military Park

    David Dixon Porter

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    Scion of a naval family, David Dixon Porter rose from midshipman to admiral to postwar superintendant of the Naval Academy. His chief wartime accomplishment was securing the Mississippi River for the Union, helping capture New Orleans, and collaborating with Grant to capture Vicksburg. Read more

  • Civil War Defenses of Washington

    Dennis Mahan

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    Dennis Hart Mahan was one of America's premier military instructors of the nineteenth century. He became an instructor at West Point immediately after his graduation there in 1824 and remained a professor until his death in 1871. He brought the most up-to-date European theories on engineering and fortifications to America, and influenced many future Civil War generals, such as Robert E. Lee and McClellan. Read more

  • Douglas Cooper

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    An experienced U.S. Government Indian Agent, Douglas Cooper was recruited by the Confederacy at the beginning of the Civil War to lead Choctaw and Chickasaw military units and to gain allegiance for the tribes against the United States. Read more

  • Pea Ridge National Military Park

    Earl Van Dorn

    Photo of Confederate Major General Earl Van Dorn

    A West Point graduate and career U.S. Army officer, Earl Van Dorn fought with distinction in the Mexican War, but resigned his commission in 1861 to join with his native state, Mississippi, in the Confederate cause. What would Van Dorn ultimately sacrifice for his beliefs? Read more

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