Civil War Generals

Civil War generals numbered in the hundreds during the war.

Generals of the Civil War either won or lost battles due to their competence as commanders or their incompetence.

Some generals such as Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant are famous for their brilliant tactics and wise decisions on the battlefield.

Other less impressive generals during the Civil War are remembered simply for being as equally terrible as Lee and Grand were great.

Union General Ambrose Burnside is one example of incompetence and ineptitude that was nothing more than a burden to his subordinates and his men.

One of General Burnside’s most famous blunders was at the battle of Antietam.

At a little place which is now called Burnside bridge. Hundreds of his men were needlessly sacrificed trying to cross this bridge, when they could have easily and safely walked across the Antietam creek a few hundred yards downstream.

Burnside himself even admitted publicly that he would make a very poor general, apparently nobody was listening and he was put in command anyway.

A great resource about Civil War Generals from both sides of the conflict isĀ Generals South, Generals North: The Commanders of the Civil War Reconsidered.

Below you will find a list of the most famous leaders during the Civil War.

Union Civil War Generals

Ulysses S. Grant

Robert Anderson

Nathaniel Banks

John Buford

Ambrose Burnside

Benjamin Butler

Joshua Chamberlain

George Custer

Abner Doubleday

Winfield Scott Hancock

Joseph Hooker

Oliver Howard

Arthur MacArthur

George McCllelan

Irvin McDowell

George Gordon Meade

John Reynolds

William Starke Rosecrans

Philip Sheridan

William Tecumseh Sherman

Daniel Sickles

George Thomas


Confederate Civil War Generals

Robert E. Lee

Bloody Bill Anderson

Lewis Armistead

Porter Alexander

P.G.T. Beauregard

Barnard Bee

Braxton Bragg

Jubal Early

Richard Ewell

Nathan Bedford Forrest

AP Hill

John Bell Hood

Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

Albert Sidney Johnston

Joseph Johnston

James Longstreet

John Mosby

John Pemberton

George Pickett

Kirby Smith

Jeb Stuart

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