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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A skilled administrator and physician, William A. Hammond implemented numerous reforms as U.S. Army Surgeon General during the Civil War and was a pioneer in field of nervous and mental diseases in private practice after the war ended. Read more
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
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
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