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Old 10-05-2011, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Southeast Arizona
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Mine personally (though I side with the South, in terms of their attempt of independence. Do have a favorite Union man as well)

Confederate:
Robert E. Lee
Nathan Bedford Forrest
Patrick Royanne Cleburne
Lewis Armistead
Simon Bolivar Buckner
John Hunt Morgan

Confederate (special mention):
Winnfield S. Featherson
Jefferson Davis (though a bit unlikeable by others, I always found him to be a little tragic, especially how his first marriage ended and all).
Henry Hopkins Sibley: If a chance for glory in our Civil War was so close for a man to taste it, and failed to achieve it, breaking him for the rest of his life, this man was it.
Jack Hinson: Union troops kill this man's family in Tennessee, and he goes on an "Outlaw Josey Wales"-style revenge spree with a sniper rifle!

Union:
Joshua Chamberlain: This guy was pretty inspirational, Medal of Honor recipient and died at the ripe old age of 85 after 4 terms as governor of Maine.

I'm still trying to learn more on Union leaders
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:35 AM
 
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I am pro-Union for certain, especially since my great -great grandfather served in the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry.

For the Union:
John Buford : A fine cavalry leader, who tragically died of disease in 1863

Phil Sheridan: Inspirational cavalry commander

Joshua Chamberlain: Classic citizen-soldier

Winfield Scott Hancock: One of the very best senior commanders

U.S. Grant : Understood total war, and what it took to defeat Lee

W.T. Sherman: see Hancock


For the Confederacy:

Robert E.Lee : Misguided in his loyalties, but an admirable man in all
respects.

James Longstreet: Skilled, tenacious senior commander
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:08 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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John Logan, veteran of all the Army of the Tennessee's fights and a very capable commander at all levels he attained, eventually commanding the 15th Corps and the Army of the Tennessee itself for short time. The Hero of Atlanta and the finest political general of the war and the embodiment of the midwestern soldiers who tore the heart out of the rebellion.

Humphreys, Wright, Griffin and Parke; the four corps commanders who under Grant's, Meade's and Sheridan's direction finally got the Army of the Potomac rolling.

Ord who with 24th Corps commander Gibbon got the Army of the James rolling. Who would'a thought Butler's old command would have been in on the kill at Petersburg and then Appomattox?
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Old 10-06-2011, 09:54 AM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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I am not surprised that only mention of military men are being made ( and yes Jefferson Davis was a military man).

How about:

-- Mary Boykin Chesnut (Articulate Confederate diarist, commentator and woman of letters)

-- Mary Edwards Walker (Union surgeon, feminist, spy, only female to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor)

-- Varina Howell Davis (First Lady of the Confederacy, author and journalist)

-- Julia Ward Howe (activist and poet who wrote the lyrics to "The Battle Hymn Of The Republic")
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:00 AM
 
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I am not surprised that only mention of military men are being made ( and yes Jefferson Davis was a military man).

How about:

-- Mary Boykin Chesnut (Articulate Confederate diarist, commentator and woman of letters)

-- Mary Edwards Walker (Union surgeon, feminist, spy, only female to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor)

-- Varina Howell Davis (First Lady of the Confederacy, author and journalist)

-- Julia Ward Howe (activist and poet who wrote the lyrics to "The Battle Hymn Of The Republic")
Add to that, Anna Ella Carroll, reputed to be the invisible member of Lincoln's cabinet.
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:03 AM
 
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Thomas E. (Stonewall) Jackson. The most capable General of the war on either side.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:11 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Thomas E. (Stonewall) Jackson. The most capable General of the war on either side.

That's a reach.
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Old 10-06-2011, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Native Floridian, USA
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That's a reach.
Not to me. I just finished reading Four Years in the Stonewall Brigade. I can't believe with all of my 60 years of reading about the Civil War, I had never read this whole book, only excerpts. What a hoot !

I have always had a great admiration for Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson.
Not a perfect man but an admirable general, one of the best.

I think Robert E Lee was a fine general and an honorable man.

I agree about Mary Boykin Chestnut. I have read both the abridged and the original, unredacted version of her diaries. I only wish so much had not been lost. She was a very intelligient (sp) woman.

I hated Sherman for the destruction he inflicted in his march to the sea. I had relatives directly in the path of his march and lost everything. But, I have always had a grudging admiration for the man.

Joshua Chamberlain - no explanation needed. An American hero.

General John B. Gordon I have always liked him. Everything I read about him, an able and fierce fighting man.

A.P. Hill.-the forgotten Confedrate.

There are others, Union and Confederate, but I'm tired.....<s>

eta: My hero Abraham Lincoln,

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Old 10-07-2011, 01:53 AM
 
Location: New Haven Michigan
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Default Civil War

Mine would be
Stand Watie
Edward Porter Alexander
Raphael Semmes
Lt Charles Read
Matthew Maury
Those are off the top of my head.
Also agree with
Mary Chesnut
Patrick Cleburne
John Hunt Morgan
John B Gordon

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Old 10-07-2011, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Willow Spring and Mocksville
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Just offhand, some of the people I admire for some reason or another are: :

Francis Barlow
George Thomas
Robert Hoke
William H.C. Whiting
Edward Porter Alexander
John Pelham
Alonzo Cushing
Patrick Cleburne (naturally...)

I greatly admire Grant (and to some extent Sherman), though this sets me a odds with many of my fellow Southerners, heh.

Jefferson Davis had his faults, but I think he was honorable.

I dread to mention Ben "Spoons" Butler, but he did have a sense of humor, and even he managed to rise to the occasion once.

Gouverneur K. Warren sort of got a bad deal.
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