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Articles on General officers in the Civil War.

James Shields – US Brigadier General

James Shields was born in Altmore, County Tyrone, Ireland on May 10, 1810.  He would immigrate to the United States in 1826, settling in Randolph County, Illinois.  He would study and practice law in Kaskaskia, Illinois.  At the age of … Continue reading

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Robert E. Lee Resigns From the U.S. Army

Colonel Robert E. Lee had served in the U.S. Army his entire adult life. Graduating from West Point in 1829, Lee would serve in the Army Engineer Corps. He would be in charge of many coastal projects and an ambitious … Continue reading

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Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant is dead! – A Country Mourns

This week is the 124th anniversary of the death of US President, and Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant.  An unlikely force in the Civil War, Grant performed best during the heat of battle.  Born to Jesse and Hannah (Simpson) … Continue reading

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May 6 – This Day in the Civil War

1801 U.S. Brigadier General George S. Greene(i) is born in Apponaug, New Jersey.  His parents were Caleb Greene and Sarah Robinson Wicks.  He had eight other siblings.  U.S. General Nathanael Greene, who served in the Revolutionary War, was a second … Continue reading

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Ulysses S. Grant – U.S. Lieutenant General

Today, April 27, 2009, marks the 187th anniversary of the birth of Ulysses S. Grant.  Hiram Ulysses Grant was born in Point Pleasant, Ohio, to Jesse Root Grant and Hannah Simpson Grant.  His parents would move the family to Georgetown, … Continue reading

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April 22 – This day in the Civil War

1818 U.S. Major General Cadwallader C. Washburn was born, in Livermore, Maine.(i)  Washburn would attend school in Wiscasset, Maine.  He would later teach school in the same city.  Washburn would move to Iowa, in 1839, residing in Davenport.  He would spend … Continue reading

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John Gibbon – U.S. Major General

April 20, 2009 marks the 182nd birthday of John Gibbon, career military man, and one of the most successful commanders of the Federal army, during the Civil War.(i)  Born in Holmesburg, Pennsylvania on  April 20, 1827, to Dr. John H. … Continue reading

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Robert E. Lee Surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia

144 years ago today, April 9, 1865, CS General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia to US Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant.  Lee had faced off against Grant, and US Major General George G. Meade, since May … Continue reading

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March 23 – This day in the Civil War

1818 US Major General Don Carlos Buell(i) is born in Lowell, Ohio.  An 1841 graduate of the military academy, at West Point, Buell would become a second lieutenant, in the 3rd U.S. Infantry, after graduation.  He would fight in the … Continue reading

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Braxton Bragg – CSA General

Braxton Bragg (i), full general in the Confederate Army, was born on this day, March 22, 1817.  Born in Warrenton, North Carolina, today would be his 192nd birthday. Bragg, a graduate of West Point, would fight the Seminoles, in Florida, and … Continue reading

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