Joseph E Johnston

Johnston was a U.S. Army brigadier general who joined Southern service to lead Jefferson Davis's troops in Virginia. Later, he fought at Atlanta and was the man who surrendered the Army of Tennessee to General Sherman in spring, 1865.

Grant's war horse Cincinnati

Grant's war horse Cincinnati

Lieutenant general's stars

Some of the best-known soldiers and sailors in American history earned their reputations in the Civil War. A few were famous before the conflict, and a few also continued to make history after it. Confederate General Robert E. Lee's name was newsworthy as early as the Mexican War, when, as a U.S. Army officer, he scouted out the route the Americans used to fight their way to Mexico City. Philip Sheridan, a Union cavalry general, was known for several Civil War victories and won fame again as an Indian fighter years later. Several military men were also known for making tough personal choices when the war started. Many Southern commanders, such as Lee and Joseph Johnston, gave up power and position in the U.S. armed forces to serve the Confederacy. Others found opportunity. Union General U. S. Grant was a poor store clerk before the war. The conflict gave him a chance to show he could be a leader.

Lieutenant general's stars

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