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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  • Bear Hunter

    While the nation focused its attention on the war in the east, Shoshone Chief Bear Hunter led raids against white settlers in the western territory. His campaign would come to an end at the massacre at Bear River. Read more

  • Vicksburg National Military Park

    Benjamin Grierson

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    Benjamin Grierson was a civilian who advanced through the ranks to become a major general in the Union Army during the Civil War. He remained in the Army after the war and helped organize the famed "Buffalo Soldiers" of the 10th U.S. Cavalry. Read more

  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

    Benjamin Harrison

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    Descended from a long line of politicians and himself 23rd President of the United States, Benjamin Harrison's military service Civil War is less well known, though no less distinguished, than his political career. Read more

  • Bushrod Johnson

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    Bushrod Johnson was born in Belmont County Ohio, on October 7, 1817 into a family of Quakers, pacifists and abolitionists and contributed, at an early age, to the escape of runaway slaves. Still, upon the outbreak of the Civil War, Johnson accepted a commission in the Confederate Army and eventually rose to the rank of major general. Read more

  • Cadmus Wilcox

    Photo of Confederate Major General Cadmus Marcellus Wilcox

    West Point instructor and Mexican War veteran Cadmus Wilcox was a Major General in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. He was particularly distinguished in the fighting at Salem Church near Fredericksburg, Virginia, in May of 1863, where his division kept reinforcements from joining Union Gen. Joseph Hooker's army, thereby enabling Hooker's defeat by Robert E. Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson. Read more

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