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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  • 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

  • Edward Johnson

    Photo of Edward Johnson

    Edward Johnson was a senior Confederate officer who rose from Colonel of the 12th Georgia Infantry to command the famed "Stonewall" Brigade of the Army of Northern Virginia. He was captured twice, once with most of his division at Spotsylvania Courthouse and again during the Battle of Nashville. Read more

  • Pecos National Historical Park

    Edward R.S. Canby

    Photo of Edward Canby

    A Kentucky born, career officer in the United States Army, Edward Canby would lead an exciting life that encompassed war, political intrigue, travel and, eventually, murder. Find out more about the adventurous life and startling death of one of America's most controversial military figures. Read more

  • Edward Wild

    Photo of Union Brigadier General Edward A. Wild

    Although trained at Harvard to be a doctor and a veteran of the Crimean War where he practiced medicine with the Ottoman army, Edward Wild's greatest fame was as a Civil War commander of United States Colored Troops. "Wild's African Brigade" struck terror into the hearts of white residents of the Carolina coast, and later served in the Petersburg Campaign. Read more

  • Elmer Ellsworth

    Drawing of Elmer Ellsworth

    Although he didn't die on a battlefield, the spirit of the war's first notable casualty reflected the energy of soldiers on both sides across the nation. Read more

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