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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  • Emory Upton

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    Emery Upton successfully commanded artillery, cavalry and infantry units in the Union army during the Civil War. Although distinguishing himself numerous times in the field, Upton is perhaps best remembered for his 1904 book "The Military Policy of the United States." Read more

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    Fitz John Porter

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    The career of Fitz John Porter was destroyed in the aftermath of the Union army's defeat at the Second Battle of Manassas. Read more

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    Fitz John Porter

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    A steady and capable regular army officer close to Gen. McClellan, he served gallantly on the Peninsula, only to be blamed by John Pope for his own catastrophic defeat at Second Manassas. Relieved of his command and later court martialed after McClellan's fall from grace, he was not exonerated until 1878 and in 1886 his conviction was overturned. Read more

  • George B. McClellan

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    George McClellan was commander of the Union Army of the Potomac and, for a time, supreme commander of all Federal forces in the war. His skill in organizing Federal forces was overshadowed by his reluctance to risk them and he was eventually removed from command by President Lincoln. Read more

  • George Crook

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    Best known today for his military campaigns against the Indians before and after the Civil War, George Crook rose from the command of the 36th Ohio Infantry to the command of a cavalry division which fought in Tennessee and southwestern Virginia. During the war he became friends with future president Rutherford B. Hayes. Read more

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