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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  • 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

  • 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

  • Gouverneur Warren

    Photo of Union Major General G. K. Warren

    Gouverneur Warren was a skilled engineer and map maker who became a senior officer in the Union army during the Civil War. He is best remembered for ordering the seizure of Little Round Top on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg, an action which saved the Union left flank from envelopment. Read more

  • Grenville Dodge

    Grenville Dodge

    Grenville Dodge was a surveyor and engineer who rose to prominence in the officer corps of the U.S. Army during the American Civil War. When the war was over, he was appointed to lead the team of engineers and mechanics that designed and constructed the Union Pacific portion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Read more

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    Henry Thomas Harrison

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    Espionage was a vital tool for both sides, and the tip this spy gave South was one of its most valuable, changing the course of the war. Read more

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