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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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  • Vicksburg National Military Park

    David Dixon Porter

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    Scion of a naval family, David Dixon Porter rose from midshipman to admiral to postwar superintendant of the Naval Academy. His chief wartime accomplishment was securing the Mississippi River for the Union, helping capture New Orleans, and collaborating with Grant to capture Vicksburg. Read more

  • Civil War Defenses of Washington

    Dennis Mahan

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    Dennis Hart Mahan was one of America's premier military instructors of the nineteenth century. He became an instructor at West Point immediately after his graduation there in 1824 and remained a professor until his death in 1871. He brought the most up-to-date European theories on engineering and fortifications to America, and influenced many future Civil War generals, such as Robert E. Lee and McClellan. Read more

  • Douglas Cooper

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    An experienced U.S. Government Indian Agent, Douglas Cooper was recruited by the Confederacy at the beginning of the Civil War to lead Choctaw and Chickasaw military units and to gain allegiance for the tribes against the United States. Read more

  • Edward Johnson

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    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

  • 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

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