The Top Generals
Ulysses S. Grant Northern
Robert E. Lee Southern Forces
The United States had successfully won a war with Mexico in 1846. Both
the North and South were having problems getting along because of the
issue of slavery. The North had the industrial lead, while the South
was agricultural, with a dependence on slave labor. Some southern
states had been talking of secession from the Union. It all came to a
head about the same time Abraham Lincoln became President. A large
number of southern and northern generals were graduates of West Point
Military College. They would be classmates and close acquaintances of
each other. Some of these West Point graduates would choose the South
to swear allegiance, while the others would choose the North.
These questions are divided into three parts: Unsuccessful Generals,
Generals that went to West Point and Successful Generals. Use these
websites to find the answers for each part.
What is a
general? Click Here
listing of all Civil War Generals Click Here
Who are the
Generals that went to West Point Click Here
Who are the
that went to West Point Click Here
Unsuccessful Generals (Those who failed to follow through on orders)
generals were appointed by both sides of the Civil War?
What were the
two general ranks for the Union Army? Go Here
A third general rank
was added when Ulysses S. Grant was appointed. What was his
general rank called? Go Here
General Grant wore a
different insignia on his uniform than the other two general ranks.
was his insignia, and what were the other two insignias?
Confederate (Southern) Army had four ranks of generals from the
beginning of the war. What
was the name of each general rank, and what was there insignia?
were usually assigned to oversee battles in a theater. What is a war
theater? Go Here (this is the Civil War glossary).
7. Several of the top Civil War generals had served together in
previous American wars, and had gone to military school at West Point.
All were military officers for the United States. Some would have to
choose whether to serve for the North (Union) or the South
(Confederacy). Since they trained together at West Point, many knew
each other very well. Name the two most famous generals that opposed
each other in the Civil War, but had both gone to West Point. You
can see an alphabetical of all generals on both sides that went to West
Click Here for the North (Union).
Click Here for the South (Confederacy).
8. Go to this "graduating class" listing by year, and find out when
Ulysses Simpson Grant and Robert E. Lee graduated.
Did they go to
West Point together? Click Here to find out.
9. Who was the officer (General or otherwise in-charge) for major
battles of the Civil War.
Go Here to
find a year-by-year account, and list at least one General or officer
that seemed at the top?
10. Which General of the Army of the Potomac had a problem with not
wanting to "go after" the enemy, and irritated the President to the
point where he was removed from his position?
11. Ulysses S. Grant
would become Lincoln's "winning" General. Write a story of the General,
and his rise to commander of Union forces in 1864. Click Here
12. Which battles were these great admirals and generals in-command for
William Tecumseh Sherman--Click
Henry Thomas--Click Here
Ulysses S. Grant--Click Here
13. Which battles were these great admirals and generals in-command for
E. Lee--Click Here
(Stonewall) Jackson--Click Here
Bedford Forest--Click Here
Which generals met at Appomattox Court House
to end the war? Click
Here to read about the surrender.
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