Generals of the Civil War Essays

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The civil war had many great soldiers fighting for what they thought was right for their country. It also had some of the greatest generals the United States of America has ever seen, sadly, some of these generals were on the losing side, but this fact does not make them any less great. Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson are all evidence of greatness in a time of darkness. Robert E. Lee was born on January 19, 1807 in Stratford, Virginia. He was the youngest boy born to Henry Lee who fought in the American Revolution. Lee graduated second in his class in the U.S Military Academy at West Point, afterward joining the Corps of Engineering as a second lieutenant, and in 1838 he became a captain. During the …show more content…
When Lee finally joined the battlefield he turned the luck of the Confederates around, “Robert E. Lee was one of the most brilliant tacticians in U.S military history,” (Robert) When Lee was finally defeated he had met a kind of general who would not lose his nerve, and that general was Ulysses S. Grant. When Lee won a series of battles causing 50,000 casualties, Grant did not back down. Grant made a strategic move and forced Lee to follow him near the Confederate capital, while Union forces came at Lee from behind. For a year after Lee kept his deteriorating army afloat. In February 1865 he was named general in chief of all Confederate forces, but on April 9, 1865, Lee realized that persistence was futile and decided to surrender. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson was another great general for the Confederates. When states first began seceding Jackson hoped that his home state would not. He supported the Union, but when Virginia eventually did secede he felt his support for his state was more important than his support for the United States. Jackson joined the army in April and was made a colonel of the infantry, but quickly became brigadier general as part of the army of Joseph E. Johnston. Then, in July 1861 his army combined with the army led by General Pierre G. T. Beauregard, in order to fight in the First Battle of Bull Run, where Jackson got

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