• Photo of cannon at Antietam National Battlefield

    The Civil War

People

Yes, there are Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, and the other obvious heroes of the Civil War. But there are also many names you may never have heard of. From famous politicians to everyday citizens, people from all walks of life played important, sometimes revolutionary, roles during the war. Find out more about who some of these people were and how they changed history.

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  •  Photo of 15 officer's on the deck of a Union Monitor warship.

    Soldiers and Sailors Database

    Looking for someone who fought in the Civil War? Check our database of over 6 million soldiers, as well as information on regiments, battles, and more.

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  • Photo of President Abraham Lincoln

    Politicians

    The Civil War culminated 80 years of sectional tensions and ideologies of freedom and government authority were debated by leaders on both sides.

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  • Photo of Gen. Robert E. Lee

    Military

    Learn about the men who developed strategy and led the troops of the Union and Confederacy into battle.

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  • Photo Frederick Douglass

    Activists

    From women’s rights, to abolition, to states’ rights, and the ideology of freedom, the Civil War era was a time of social and political activism.

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  • Photo of Confederate spy Belle Boyd

    Spies

    A war that pitted neighbors who shared a common language and heritage against each other created many opportunities for espionage.

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  • Engraving of Dr. Phineas Gurley

    Religious Figures

    Religious figures’ opinions on freedom and society rallied congregations and acted as prominent examples for their causes.

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  • Photo of Clara Barton

    Civilians

    The Civil War and its effects touched the lives of virtually every man, woman and child in both the North and South.

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