Soldiers & Officers in American History
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soldiers during the
American Revolution to the
and everything in between, there were a number of men, and even a few women, who made names
for themselves during these historic periods. Many were career
soldiers, such as Generals
Terry; others went on to make names for themselves as explorers,
Kit Carson and
Zebulon Montgomery Pike;
sadly, some died in the line of duty such as
and James Bowie
Battle of the Alamo, and yet, a few
more gained more fame as U.S. Presidents.
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William "Bloody Bill" Anderson (1839-1864) - Best known
as one of Quantrill's Raiders, Anderson fought for the
Army of Northern Virginia (1861-1865) - The primary military force of the
Confederate States of America in the Eastern Theater
of the Civil War, the army most often battled against the
Army of the Potomac. The
Confederates created three under the Department of Northern Virginia,
which included the Aquia District, led by Major General Theophilus H.
Holmes; the Potomac District under the leadership of General P.G.T.
Beauregard, and the Valley District, led by
Major General "Stonewall" Jackson.
Army of the Potomac (1861-1865) - The primary
Union fighting force in the
Eastern Theater of the Civil War,
primarily in Eastern
Virginia, Maryland, and
It's dual mission was to
defeat the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and to safeguard
Army of the Tennessee
- (1862-1865) - A Union
army in the Western Theater of the Civil War, it was named for the
Tennessee River. When it was
first organized in October, 1862, it was led
General Ulysses S. Grant.
Edward Fitzgerald "Ned" Beale
(1822-1893) - Military Officer, frontiersman, and trail blazer
Edward Beale blazed Beale's Wagon Road,
Santa Fe Railroad,
and I-40 later followed.
General P.G.T. Beauregard (1818-1893) -
General Beauregard earned early fame for the capture of Fort Sumter,
and victory at the First Battle of Bull Run,
Virginia. After being defeated at
Tennessee other officers found it difficult to work with General Beauregard,
who moved through a
series of secondary commands.
(1796-1836) - An aggressive frontiersman, pioneer, explorer, and commander of
the volunteers at the Alamo,
where he died.
Braxton Bragg (1817-1876) -
United States Army officer, and then a general in the
Confederate States Army, he was the principal commander in the
Western Theater of
the Civil War and later the military adviser to Confederate
Soldier who fought bandits in the Wham
Paymaster Robbery and awarded the Medal of Honor.
John Brown (1800-1859)
who advocated and practiced armed insurrection as a means to end all
slavery. He led the
in 1856 in
and made his name in the unsuccessful raid at Harpers Ferry in 1859.
Buffalo Soldiers - Though African Americans have fought in various
military conflicts since colonial days, they did not receive the nickname of
"Buffalo Soldiers until they began to battle
warriors in 1867.
Christopher "Kit" Carson (1809-1868) -
Carson was a
daring and brave explorer, mountain man, trapper, scout, soldier, and buffalo