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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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  • William Mahone

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    "Billy" Mahone was a Brigadier General in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. His Virginia brigade was instrumental in driving Union forces back in the Battle of the Crater at Petersburg in June of 1864. After the war, he resumed his career as a railroad executive, and became governor and U.S. senator from Virginia. Read more

  • William McKinley

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    William McKinley was an enlisted man in the American Civil War who rose to become President of the United States in 1896, the fifth (and last) Civil War Veteran to hold the office. Read more

  • William Quantrill

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    Leader of perhaps the most savage fighting unit in the Civil War, William Quantrill developed a style of guerrilla warfare that terrorized civilians and soldiers alike. Find out how this Kansas school teacher became one of the most feared and reviled men in the history of Missouri. Read more

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    William Rosecrans

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    William Rosecrans was an engineer who scored successes in western Virginia in 1861 and Mississippi in 1862. His victory at Stones River ended 1862 on a high note. In 1863 he outmaneuvered Braxton Bragg's Confederates and drove them from Middle Tennessee, an accomplishment overshadowed by victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg. His star fell that September when Bragg defeated him at the Battle of Chickamauga. Read more

  • William Vandever

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    Beginning in 1859 through the start of the Civil War, William Vandever served two terms as a Republican member of Congress from Iowa and participated in the Peace Conference of 1861, a last-ditch attempt to peacefully preserve the Union. How would he react when negotiations were unsuccessful? Read more