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Confederate General Braxton Bragg

Bragg, Braxton

Braxton Bragg was a Confederate general during the American Civil War who served as a principal commander in the Western theater and later as a military advisor to Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Continue Reading »

Union General Don Carlos Buell

Buell, Don Carlos

Native Ohioan Don Carlos Buell was a Union general during the American Civil War who directed the Department of the Ohio and commanded the Army of the Ohio in the Western Theater. Buell's army helped turn the tide to a Union victory at the Battle of Shiloh (April 6-7, 1862). Buell also forced Braxton Bragg to retreat from Kentucky in the autumn of 1862, ending the Confederate Heartland Campaign. Continue Reading »

Union General Ambrose Burnside

Burnside, Ambrose

Ambrose Burnside was one of five generals to command the Union Army of the Potomac during the American Civil War. He also served as the commander of the Department of the Ohio, where he worked diligently to weaken Peace Democrat and Copperhead opposition to the Union war effort. Continue Reading »

Battle of Chickamauga

Chickamauga, Battle of

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Union General Ulysses S. Grant

Grant, Ulysses S.

Ohioan Ulysses S. Grant was an American military and political leader during the nineteenth century. Rising from humble beginnings, a lackluster military career, and an undistinguished civilian life prior to the American Civil War, Grant emerged to become General of the Army, eighteenth President of the United States, and, perhaps, the most famous person in the world during his time. Continue Reading »

Union General Henry Halleck

Halleck, Henry Wager

Henry Wager Halleck was a prominent Union general during the American Civil War. Following a brief but successful stint commanding Union operations in the Western Theater, including the Department of the Ohio, during the early part of the war, Halleck was named General-in-Chief of all United States armies in 1862. When he proved to be more of a bureaucrat than a general, Halleck was replaced by Ulysses S. Grant in 1864. He served as Army Chief of Staff for the remainder of the conflict. Continue Reading »

Confederate General John Bell Hood

Hood, John Bell

John Bell Hood was a prominent Confederate general who was known for his battlefield bravery during the American Civil War. During 1864, Hood's army attempted to stop Ohioan and Union General William T. Sherman's capture of Atlanta, Georgia. Continue Reading »

James Longstreet

Longstreet, James

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Battle of Lookout Mountain

Lookout Mountain, Battle of

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Battle of Missionary Ridge

Missionary Ridge, Battle of

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Union General John M. Schofield

Schofield, John McAllister

John McAllister Schofield was a prominent Union general who served primarily in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. As commanding general of the Army of the Ohio, Schofield played a leading role in the Atlanta Campaign (May 7–September 2, 1864) and the Franklin-Nashville Campaign (September 18-December 27, 1864). After the war, he served briefly as Secretary of War under President Andrew Johnson (1868-1869), Superintendent of the United States Military Academy (1876-1881), and commanding general of the United States Army (1888-1895). In 1892, John M. Schofield received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his "conspicuous gallantry" during the Battle of Wilson's Creek (August 10, 1861). Continue Reading »

Union General William T. Sherman

Sherman, William Tecumseh

Celebrated in the North and reviled in the South, Ohioan William Tecumseh Sherman was a prominent Union general during the American Civil War. An accomplished soldier and able leader, Sherman is best remembered for warring against civilians during the Savannah and Carolina campaigns, which left a swath of destruction across the South during the latter part of the war. Continue Reading »

George Henry Thomas

Thomas, George Henry

George Henry Thomas was a prominent Union general who served primarily in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and a career army officer, Thomas chose to remain in the service of his country rather than side with his home state of Virginia when the war began. Thomas commanded the first noteworthy Federal victory of the war at the Battle of Mills Springs in Kentucky. Thomas was also present at the Battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, and most of the engagements of William T. Sherman's Atlanta Campaign. At Chickamauga, Thomas earned the nickname "Rock of Chickamauga." During John Bell Hood's Franklin-Nashville Campaign, Thomas directed the Federal forces that crushed the Army of Tennessee, culminating with the Union victory at the Battle of Nashville, which effectively ended the last major campaign in the Western Theater. Continue Reading »

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