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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  • Manassas National Battlefield Park

    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 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

  • George Dixon

    George E. Dixon was the young commander of the experimental Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley which, on its only combat mission, sank the Union blockading ship USS Housatonic off Charleston, South Carolina on February 17, 1864 before disappearing with the loss of all hands. Read more

  • George G. Meade

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    George Meade was appointed commander of the Army of the Potomac just three days before his force collided with Robert E. Lee's army at Gettysburg in July 1863. Although criticized for his failure to pursue Lee after the battle, Meade remained in command of the Army of the Potomac for the remainder of the war. Read more

  • Richmond National Battlefield Park

    Godfrey Weitzel

    Photo of Union Major General Godfrey Weitzel

    Godfrey Weitzel was a career U.S. Army officer and especially talented civil engineer who put his skills to work for a variety of military commands during the American Civil War. He remained in the army after the war and was assigned to the Corps of Engineers, where he supervised civilian engineering projects near Louisville, Kentucky and Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan. Read more

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