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Identify some of the generals and leaders of the various battles throughout the Civil War. Compare and contrast the leadership traits of the men who led the Confederate forces with those of the men who led the Union forces. Be sure to provide specific examples.

Jan 17th, 2015

Identify some of the generals and leaders of the various battles throughout the Civil War.

I will identify some of the Union and Confederate generals; it is up to you to compare and contrast them: 

Union Generals 

  • General Ambrose Burnside 
  • General Joseph Hooker 
  • General George G. Meade 
  • General William T. Sherman 
  • General George H. Thomas 
  • General Philip H. Sheridan 


Confederate Generals 

  • General Leonidas Polk 
  • General P.G.T. Beauregard 
  • General John Bell Hood 
  • General Joe Johnston 
  • General James Longstreet 
  • General George Pickett 

Compare and contrast the leadership traits of the men who led the Confederate forces with those of the men who led the Union forces. Be sure to provide specific examples.

  • The Confederates had a well-defined leadership style, copied from the Cavaliers of the English Civil War, from whom some of them were descended. It was characterised by extreme risk-taking and swaggering arrogance, overlaid with acts of chivalric romance. Robert E.Lee was a good example of this, but the commander of the Western theatre, Joseph Johnston, was sacked basically because his style was not Confederate enough. His replacement, John Hood, was a Confederate to his fingertips, but led his troops to disaster, clearly by being too Confederate.
  • The Union side never had any established leadership style . At the outbreak of the war, the General-in-Chief was Winfield Scott, a highly-respected leader, far too old for the job, who was replaced by George McLellan, an overly cautious type who missed many opportunities for a quick end to the war. The incoming chief, Halleck, was an intellectual with poor leadership, who was over-concerned with communicaitons and supplies, unlike his subordinate, U.S.Grant, who was basically a simple man who was good at simplifying problems, and a soldier's soldier. In the end, Grant replaced Halleck, and fought the war to its close through a single-minded persistence, well-suited to a long war of attrition.

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