List of American Civil War generals
The list of American Civil War (Civil War) generals has been divided into four articles: an introduction on this page, a list of Union Army generals, a list of Union brevet generals and a list of Confederate Army generals.
The American Civil War (April 1861–May 1865) pitted the forces of the "Northern" or "Union" or "Free" states against those of the "Southern" or "Confederate" or "Slave" states. Long simmering sectional antagonisms and differences centered on the possible abolition of slavery but including competing understandings of federalism, party politics, expansionism, sectionalism, tariffs, economics, values and social structures were brought to a head by the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States in November 1860 and led to the Civil War.
A longer than usual introduction is desirable for these lists because a description of the leadership of the small pre-Civil War U. S. Army and what became of those leaders not only shows that many inexperienced men had to become Civil War generals, but that more men with some military training and experience were available than may be commonly believed. The identification as generals of some officers who served in the Civil War armies is disputed and controversial,as some generals or groups of generals have some background or service details in common.
Identification of American Civil War generals
Since historians dispute exactly who should be counted as Union or Confederate generals during the American Civil War (Civil War), some officers identified as generals in some past writings may not meet the criteria for identification as full grade (or substantive grade, or actual grade or "rank") generals. Many estimates of the number of substantive generals of actual grade, or "rank," are within about 10 names of each other. A recent compilation by John and David Eicher show most historians who have studied the number have concluded that between 554 and 564 substantive grade Union generals and between 398 and 401 substantive grade Confederate generals were properly appointed, confirmed, accepted appointment and served as general officers. Historians' use of different lists or criteria for inclusion as generals can add names to these totals. The inclusion of entire other categories of "generals," such as those who acted as generals but did not receive appointments, state militia generals, Union brevet generals and even some others, can add more names to the lists.
The lists in these articles contain the names and highest grades (or ranks) of the substantive or "full" or "actual" general officers of both armies and a few other notable high military commanders. The Union generals' list currently contains or is in the process of adding the actual grade and brevet grade of prominent Union officers who were awarded brevet general grade but not appointed as full substantive grade generals. Some names of others whose claims or identifications to general officer grade have often been accepted by historians and compilers of generals' lists are also included in the lists. Notes that identify officers who did not strictly meet the criteria for appointment and confirmation as generals or inclusion in the lists, even though they have been widely identified as generals, should be noted in the lists.
In the early 20th century, the United States War Department prepared and Congressional committees published two memoranda which list the full rank substantive Confederate generals and the full rank substantive Union generals and the brevet rank Union generals, their grades and dates of appointment. These lists and the accompanying information were almost certainly compiled by former Confederate General Marcus J. Wright, who had been engaged to collect Confederate records in particular. Although they are unsigned, they are often referred to as his work because it was known he had been engaged in the task and he included the lists in books he wrote at about the same time. These memos showed 425 actual, substantive generals of various grades or levels were duly appointed by the President of the Confederate States Jefferson Davis and confirmed by the Confederate Senate for the Confederate Army and 583 actual, substantive generals of various grades or levels were appointed by President of the United States Abraham Lincoln and confirmed by the United States Senate for the Union Army during the course of the American Civil War. Most historians, such as the Eichers, believe these numbers should be reduced by about 25 names each to account for canceled appointments and unconfirmed nominations. The problems with the appointment or confirmation of these officers are even noted on General Wright's lists, but he still included them as general officers. Warner followed Wright's list even though some of the officers did not meet his criteria, as the Eichers noted. More significant disparities exist concerning the number of militia generals and "might have beens" who various historians also think should, or perhaps should not, be counted or recognized in some manner as Civil War generals for various reasons, including especially exercise of general officer responsibilities for some period of time..
Actual full rank generals required Presidential appointment, Senate confirmation
A general officer of the Union Army, whether of the United States Regular Army or United States Volunteers, and whether of full or brevet grade (or rank), could legally be promoted to a grade of general officer only by appointment by the President of the United States and confirmation by the United States Senate. Field promotions, exercise of command duties or brevet grade promotions alone were insufficient to qualify an officer as an actual, substantive grade general. Similarly, an officer could legally be made a Confederate general only by appointment by the President of the Confederate States and confirmation by the Confederate States Senate, except that officers holding rank on the date of enactment of the first Confederate law on the subject of appointment of general officers, May 21, 1861, were permitted to keep those ranks. As noted, while General Wright, Ezra J. Warner and other historians profess to use these criteria to identify Civil War generals, in fact they have inconsistently included about 25 names of officers for each army who do not actually meet the criteria and it is now difficult not to take note of at least these extra officers in lists of Civil War generals.
Identification of general officers in Civil War service
Although the Eichers take a stricter view of which Civil War officers should be considered full grade generals, Ezra J. Warner and other historians have accepted the individuals shown in the (General Wright) War Department memos as the officers who should be included in lists of actual Civil War generals. Thus, although 22 Union officers and 5 Confederate officers had their appointments canceled and 1 Union officer and 3 Confederate officers declined appointment to the grade of brigadier general, General Wright included them and Mr. Warner decided to accept them as full grade generals. Warner based his conclusion on the actual appointment of almost all of them, the confirmation of some of them, political considerations which may have led to the cancellations or failure of confirmations and because they seem to have exercised command. These commands were exercised mostly for longer periods of time than the periods of time which those officers who exercised such commands on a temporary or emergency basis usually acted and who usually were not appointed or nominated as general officers by the respective presidents at all. This conclusion is still inconsistent with the criteria that these authors state they are using, but at least they have given a plausible rationale for adopting Wright's full list. In doing so, they have often identified notable officers who were not full generals but who are notable and may deserve recognition for their actions in high commands. A few other officers in both armies who received only temporary general officer appointments or who had been killed in action or mortally wounded before they could be advised that their appointments as generals had been confirmed are also on these lists. They are perhaps the most understandable of the exceptions.
The Union Army was supported in the field by very few state militia generals who had not been taken into the United States Volunteers, the main body of the Union Army, along with their state regiments or were not promptly added to the federal service when it appeared they would exercise active field command. Historians have recognized a number of Confederate officers who exercised high command but were never formally appointed as generals. The Union Army also had at least a few officers assigned to command or temporarily placed in command of units whose generals had been killed, wounded or become unavailable, but who did not receive full rank appointments, just as the Confederate Army had.
In addition, Warner, depending on Wright, writes that 1,367 Union officers who were not promoted to full grade substantive general were awarded brevet general officer rank. Many other compilations of such brevet generals are within 10 of this number. Most of the brevet ranks were awarded posthumously or to rank from dates near the end of the war and many of them were not confirmed until 1866 or later. By the time of the Civil War, these brevet appointments were honorary titles, much like medals or commendations, and had little effect on command positions or status, especially since most of the awards were not confirmed until months or even years after the war was over, regardless of the date from which the awarded brevet grade was to rank. Even if significant numbers of brevet grade appointments had been awarded earlier in the war, except in a few special instances (sitting on court martial panels, special assignments, command of different units operating together with commanding officers of equal rank), they had not extra responsibilities, privileges or pay and would have meant little more than the award of a medal. Although most of the brevet awards were for faithful or meritorious or distinguished service, some were for more extraordinary acts of gallantry.
Although the number of Confederate generals may not be swollen by the possible addition of well over 1,300 brevet generals whose actual rank was below brigadier general as the Union general list could be, as many as 159 "might have beens" and 226 militia officers have been identified or considered by some authors as Confederate generals of some sort. Ten officers who were assigned to duty by General Edmund Kirby Smith in the Trans-Mississippi Department after communications were cut off or severely slowed down by Union forces securing control of the Mississippi River are among the "might have beens." Warner and the Eichers both warn that some false or mistaken claimants emerged over the years and that unintentional though nonetheless mistaken Civil War general officer identifications have been made and published over the years.
Grades or levels of general in the Union and Confederate Armies
Until Ulysses S. Grant was appointed lieutenant general and General-in-Chief in 1864, the Union Army had only two grades of general: major general and brigadier general. In the Union Army, major generals commanded armies as well as corps and divisions, the armies’ largest units. Seniority was determined by the date of rank stated in the Senate's confirmation resolution, which could have been a date earlier than the confirmation date. Otherwise, rank would be determined by the order of names on the lists of multiple officers confirmed in the same resolution on the same date to rank from the same date.
The Confederate Army had four grades (or levels or "ranks") of general officers, much like the modern U.S. Army: general, lieutenant general, major general and brigadier general. In theory, full generals commanded armies, lieutenant generals commanded corps, major generals commanded divisions and brigadier generals commanded brigades. Lower ranking officers might temporarily command a unit designated for a higher ranked commanding officer when the unit's commander was killed, wounded or unavailable. Some small Confederate armies of about corps size were formed and were commanded by lieutenant generals.
The Confederate Regular Army did not proceed beyond the planning stage and the appointment of six brigadier generals and a few lower grade officers. Since the Provisional Army, Confederate States (PACS) was the only Confederate Army that was organized by the Confederacy, the Confederate Army and the PACS were identical. Additional reference and distinction between a regular Confederate Army and the PACS is superfluous except perhaps as a minor historical footnote.
Active duty U.S. Army officers and military school graduates in Civil War armies
Due to the pre-Civil War U.S. Army system of promoting officers based strictly upon seniority, the general officers, chief staff officers and full colonels of the small pre-Civil War army were not only few in number but were almost all of advanced age. Among the top field officers, 11 of the 19 colonels of the line had fought in the War of 1812 as commissioned officers. The following tables show the general officers and top staff officers of the U.S. Army in early 1861 and their ages, lengths of service in grade, whether they adhered to the Union or Confederacy and in many cases who their successors were.
List of U.S. Army generals and chief staff officers in early 1861
Name Date of Birth Actual Rank Appointment Date Brevet Rank Appointment Date Allegiance Notes John Garland 1792 Colonel 8th U.S. Infantry May 7, 1849 Brevet Brigadier General August 20, 1847 U.S.A. Died June 5, 1861, succeeded as colonel of the regiment by Colonel Pitcairn Morrison, who retired October 20, 1863. William S. Harney August 27, 1800 Brigadier General June 14, 1858 U.S.A. Relieved of duty June 1, 1861 after signing pact with Confederate General Sterling Price not to act against pro-secessionist Missouri State Guard if that unit would not act against federal authority. Retired August 1, 1863. Albert S. Johnston February 2, 1803 Colonel 1855 Brevet Brigadier General November 18, 1857 C.S.A. Appointed full General in Confederate Army, August 30, 1861 to date from May 30, 1861. Given command of western theater operations. Killed in action at the Battle of Shiloh, April 6, 1862. Winfield Scott June 13, 1786 Major General 1841 Brevet Lieutenant General March 29, 1847 U.S.A Distinguished veteran of the War of 1812 and Mexican War. General-in-Chief (Commanding General) of the U.S. Army since 1841. General-in-Chief, Brevet Lt. General and Major General until retired, November 1, 1861. Edwin V. Sumner January 30, 1797 Brigadier General March 16, 1861 U.S.A. Appointed brigadier general in lieu of David E. Twiggs when Twiggs was dismissed for siding with the Confederacy. Promoted to major general of U.S. Volunteers, May 5, 1862. Oldest general to serve as an active corps commander. Died March 21, 1863. David E. Twiggs 1790 Brigadier General 1846 Brevet Major General September 23, 1846 C.S.A. Surrendered men, property and equipment in TX to Confederates, February 18, 1861. Dismissed March 1, 1861. Appointed major general in Confederate Army, May 22, 1861. Retired October 18, 1861. Died July 1862. John E. Wool February 29, 1784 Brigadier General 1841 Brevet Major General February 23, 1847 U.S.A. Promoted to major general in the Regular Army of the United States, May 17, 1862. Preserved Fort Monroe on the Virginia Peninsula at Hampton Roads in Union hands. Retired August 1, 1863.
Name Date of Birth Actual Rank Appointment Date Brevet Rank Appointment Date Allegiance Notes Timothy Andrews c. 1794 Lieutenant Colonel; Deputy Paymaster General Brevet Brigadier General September 13, 1847 U.S.A. Continued in position until succeeded Benjamin F. Larned as Colonel and Paymaster General, September 6, 1862. Retired November 29, 1864. Sylvester Churchill c. 1790 Colonel; Inspector General December 1839 Brevet Brigadier General February 23, 1847 U.S.A. Continued as colonel and Inspector General. Retired September 25, 1861. Colonel Randolph B. Marcy was appointed senior colonel and titular head of the Inspector General's Department on August 9, 1861. Samuel Cooper June 12, 1798 Colonel; Adjutant General 1852 C.S.A. Appointed brigadier general, Adjutant and Inspector General of the Confederate Army, March 16, 1861. Appointed full general and ranking general of the Confederate Army, August 31, 1861 to rank from May 16, 1861. Never in field command. Replaced by Colonel Lorenzo Thomas, born in 1804, who was promoted to brigadier general on August 3, 1861. Henry Knox Craig c. 1790 Colonel; Chief of Ordnance Department 1851 U.S.A. Replaced by Lt. Colonel James Wolfe Ripley, born December 10, 1794, promoted to colonel on April 23, 1861. Ripley was promoted to brigadier general on August 3, 1861. Craig retired June 1, 1863. Brigadier General George D. Ramsay replaced Ripley, September 15, 1863. George Gibson c. 1790 Colonel; Commissary General 1818 Brevet Major General May 30, 1847 U.S.A. Continued as colonel and Commissary General but died in mid-1861. Lt. Colonel Joseph Pannell Taylor was promoted to commissary general of subsistence with the rank of colonel on September 29, 1861 and brigadier general in the Regular Army on February 9, 1863; died June 29, 1864. Joseph E. Johnston February 3, 1807 Brigadier General; Quartermaster General June 28, 1860 C.S.A. Appointed full general in the Confederate Army, August 31, 1861. Led major Confederate commands except July 17, 1864 to February 1865. Replaced on May 15, 1861 by Brigadier General Montgomery C. Meigs. Benjamin Franklin Larned c. 1790 Colonel; Paymaster General 1854 U.S.A. Relieved of duty July 12, 1862 due to ill health. Replaced by deputy paymaster, Lt. Colonel and Brevet Brigadier General Timothy Andrews. Thomas Lawson 1781 Colonel; Surgeon General 1836 Brevet Brigadier General May 20, 1848 U.S.A. Died May 15, 1861. Replaced by Colonel Clement Finley, who was born c. 1797, and retired April 14, 1862. Joseph G. Totten April 17, 1788 Colonel; Chief Engineer December 7, 1838 Brevet Brigadier General March 29, 1847 U.S.A. Colonel and chief engineer at start of the war. Promoted to brigadier general in the Regular Army of the United States, March 3, 1863. Died April 22, 1864.
With few active officers to fill many commands, the two Civil War armies had to look to other persons for military leadership. Lower ranking U.S. Army officers, Mexican-American War veterans and military school graduates in civilian life would fill many top and field grade officer positions. Many positions were also filled by foreign emigres, some of whom had military training, and politicians and other civilians with no military training. Some became good generals but many others were poor commanders.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, 296 U.S. Army officers of various grades resigned. Of these, 239 joined the Confederate Army in 1861 and 31 joined after 1861. Of these Confederate officers from the U.S. Army, 184 were United States Military Academy graduates. The other active U.S. Army 809 officers, 640 of whom were West Point graduates, remained with the Union. Of the approximately 900 West Point graduates in civilian life at the beginning of the war, 114 returned to the Union Army and 99 joined the Confederate Army. Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont furnished more officers to the war than any other military school except the United States Military Academy and Virginia Military Institute. The school contributed 523 officers to the Union Army and 34 to the Confederate Army. Norwich was the only military college in the Northern states, other than West Point, which had a sizable number of military trained alumni who could provide a significant number of officers to the Union Army.
Of the 1,902 men who had ever attended Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia, 1,781 fought for the Confederacy. One-third of the field officers of Virginia regiments in 1861 were V.M.I. graduates. The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina provided at least 6 general officers to the Confederate Army as well as 49 field grade officers, and 120 company grade officers. Another alumnus of The Citadel, Colonel Charles C. Tew, was killed on the eve of his promotion to brigadier general.
Generals in the lists
The lists of Union and Confederate general show the 583 Union Army generals and the 425 Confederate Army generals included in the Wright War Department memos and Mr. Warner's books at their highest grades achieved during the course of the war. Using these sources results in the inclusion of about 25 "might have beens" in both armies. These should be among the most prominent officers in this category and not near the number of "might have beens" identified by the Eichers. Notes should identify most, if not all, of those who are in this category. The lists thus include the 554 to 564 Union generals and 398 to 401 Confederate generals identified as actual, substantive generals by most historians, including the Eichers, and at least some of the others who might appear on other lists or in Civil War writings as generals. A few notable militia generals and some of the notable brevet general officers have been added, at least in the current absence of a separate list of Union brevet general officers. A few additional Confederate militia or acting generals or 'might have beens" are also currently added to the Confederate general list in a separate section at the end of that list. Most of the generals' names in both lists are linked to Wikipedia articles on them. Articles on the others (shown in red links because there are no existing articles about those officers) are planned.
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- Boatner, III, Mark M., The Civil War Dictionary. David McKay Company, Inc., New York, 1959. ISBN 0-679-50013-8.
- Eicher, John H., and Eicher, David J., Civil War High Commands, Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3.
- Faust, Patricia L., ed., Historical Times Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Civil War. Harper & Row, Publishers, Inc., New York, 1986. ISBN 0-06-181261-7.
- Hattaway, Herman and Jones, Archer, How the North Won. University of Illinois Press, Urbana, 1983. ISBN 0-252-00918-5.
- McPherson, James M., Battle Cry of Freedom. Oxford University Press, New York, 1988. ISBN 0-19-503863-0.
- Nevins, Allan, The War for the Union, Volume 1, The Improvised War, 1861–1862. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1959. ISBN 684-10426-1.
- Rodenbough, Theophilus F. and Haskin, William L., ed., The Army of the United States. Maynard, Merrill, & Co., New York, 1896. Argonaut Press Ltd.; Reprint edition (1966). ASIN: B000ST7S9Y.
- Sifakis, Stewart, Who Was Who in the Civil War. Facts On File, New York, 1988. ISBN 0-8160-1055-2.
- United States War Department, The Military Secretary's Office, Memorandum Relative to the General Officers in the Armies of the United States During the Civil War, 1861-1865, (Compiled from Official Records.) 1906. http://www.archive.org/details/memorandumrelati05unit, retrieved August 5, 2010.
- United States War Department, The Military Secretary's Office, Memorandum relative to the general officers appointed by the President in the armies of the Confederate States--1861-1865 (1908) (Compiled from official records). Caption shows 1905 but printing date is February 11, 1908. http://www.archive.org/details/memorandumrelati01unit, retrieved August 5, 2010.
- Warner, Ezra J., Generals in Blue. Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 1964. ISBN 0-8071-0882-7.
- Warner, Ezra J., Generals in Gray. Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 1959. ISBN 0-8071-0823.
- ^ The dates of the declaration by South Carolina of its secession from the union of the United States (December 20, 1860), several subsequent seizures of federal forts and property by Confederate state forces in early 1861 and the capture and arrest of United States Army soldiers, especially in Texas, before the bombardment and surrender of the U.S. Army garrison at Fort Sumter in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina (April 12–14, 1861) all could be considered as the starting date of the Civil War. Since the Fort Sumter affair was the first military action of consequence between the opposing forces, however, the dates of the attack on and surrender of the fort are commonly considered the start dates of the Civil War. General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered his remaining force in April 1865. The last notable fighting of the war took place at Palmito Ranch in Texas and there were a few skirmishes in Missouri in May 1865. Confederate President Jefferson Davis was captured and most remaining Confederate forces surrendered in May 1865. The last actions of the CSS Shenandoah, a few minor skirmishes and the final surrenders of Confederate forces, including those of the Cherokee Brigadier General Stand Watie occurred in June 1865, which give some basis for consideration of that month as the final month of the war.
- ^ The Union forces are often referred to as "Federal" forces. The Confederate forces are often referred to as "Rebel" forces.
- ^ The inclusion of additional details concerning the generals and thumbnail photos of many of the generals lengthen the two separate articles with the lists of generals has added to the size of the articles but they allow many interesting or similar details about the generals to be specified in only two lists in a more accessible format.
- ^ Eicher, John H., and Eicher, David J., Civil War High Commands, p.xvii. Stanford University Press, 2001, ISBN 0-8047-3641-3.
- ^ Eicher and Eicher and Warner consider such additions as dubious.
- ^ United States War Department, The Military Secretary's Office, [Wright, Marcus J.] Memorandum relative to the general officers appointed by the President in the armies of the Confederate States—1861–1865 (1905) (Compiled from official records). Caption shows 1905 but printing date shown is February 11, 1908, retrieved August 5, 2010. The Eichers give the date as 1905. The United States War Department, The Military Secretary's Office, [Wright, Marcus J.] Memorandum Relative to the General Officers in the Armies of the United States During the Civil War, 1861–1865 (Compiled from Official Records.) 1906, retrieved August 5, 2010. The Eichers give the date as 1908. The Eichers also use the term "grade" for a position often referred to as "rank."
- ^ Eicher and Eicher, David J., 2001, p.xvii.
- ^ Eicher and Eicher, 2001, p. xxi use this practical short-hand term for officers who were formerly thought to qualify for inclusion in the lists of generals but whose inclusion is now considered mistaken or doubtful due to legal reasons or a consensus of recent scholarship, including the officers who had appointments cancelled or unconfirmed or who declined appointment.
- ^ Warner, Generals in Blue, 1964, p. xxv; Warner, Generals in Gray, 1959, p.xix.
- ^ Warner, Generals in Gray, 1959, p. xv.
- ^ Warner, Ezra J., Generals in Gray, p. xviii. Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 1959, ISBN 0-8071-0823. He does note that his principal authority for rank and grade is the Journal of the Congress of the Confederate States of America, 1861-1865.
- ^ Warner, Generals in Gray, 1959, pp. xviii–xix; Warner, Generals in Blue, 1964, pp. xx.
- ^ The more recent compilation of Civil War generals by Eicher and Eicher divides Mr. Warner's list of Union generals into 556 substantive generals, 1 militia general and 32 "might have beens" (6 more in total than Warner states in his introduction to Generals in Blue) whereas they concluded from their own research that there were 564 substantive Union generals, 177 militia generals and 116 "might have beens". Eicher, John H., and Eicher, David J., 2001, p.xvii. The Eichers show Warner as listing 401 substantive rank Confederate generals and 33 "might have beens" (1 less than the total number Warner gives in his introduction in Generals in Gray if the 10 generals assigned to duty by General Edmund Kirby Smith are included) whereas they show the same number of substantive rank generals, but 226 Confederate militia generals and 159 "might have beens." Eicher and Eicher, 2001, p. xvii.
- ^ The Eichers identify 177 such Union militia general officers but most historians recognize between 1 and 12 militia generals as worthy of recognition as Union generals. Eicher and Eicher, 2001, p. xvii.
- ^ Warner, Generals in Blue, p. xxiv.
- ^ Eicher and Eicher say that Wright actually showed five fewer brevet generals, but they list 1,400. On the other hand, they acknowledge that they may be over-inclusive because they list brevet rank appointments through 1869, a few of which may have been for post-Civil War service.
- ^ Eicher and Eicher, 2001, lists, pp. 731-762
- ^ Eicher and Eicher, 2001, p. xx. Some officers who were promoted to full actual grade general received brevet promotions first. Some actual brigadier generals received the brevet rank of major general. Therefore, it can not be assumed that all officers who received brevet general awards necessarily were not actual substantive generals. They may have been appointed to full grade later or may have been brigadier generals who received a brevet major general award. Also brevets awards were made both as Regular Army brevet generals and as U.S. Volunteers brevet generals. A full, substantive grade promotion superseded and extinguished a brevet appointment to the same or lower rank. A Regular Army promotion, or brevet, ranked ahead of a Volunteer Army promotion or brevet appointment to the same grade.
- ^ Eicher and Eicher, 2001, p. xvii.
- ^ Eicher and Eicher, 2001, p. xvi.
- ^ Warner, Generals In Blue, 1964, p.xvii.
- ^ On May 16, 1861 three appointments were made to Major General of U.S. Volunteers. These officers (in order they were appointed) were John A. Dix, Benjamin F. Butler and Nathaniel P. Banks. Eicher and Eicher, p.776. These three officers thus outranked all other Union volunteer general officers for the duration of the war. The following day 34 officers were appointed as brigadier generals of U.S. Volunteers. Eicher and Eicher p.776. The first three names to appear on the appointment list were Samuel P. Heintzelman, David Hunter and Erasmus D. Keyes. Ulysses S. Grant's name appeared 18th on the list.
- ^ Warner, Generals in Gray, 1959, p.xxv.
- ^ Boatner, III, Mark M., The Civil War Dictionary, p. 169. David McKay Company, Inc., New York, 1959. ISBN 0-679-50013-8.; Warner, Generals in Gray, 1959, p.xxiv.
- ^ Warner, Generals in Blue, 1964, p. xv.
- ^ Eicher, John H., and Eicher, David J., 2001, p.776. Stanford University Press, 2001; Warner, Generals in Blue, 1964; Warner, Generals in Gray, 1959; Sifakis, Stewart, Who Was Who in the Civil War. Facts On File, New York, 1988. ISBN 0-8160-1055-2; Nevins, Allan, The War for the Union, Volume 1, The Improvised War, 1861–1862. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1959. ISBN 684-10426-1; Rodenbough, Theophilus F. and Haskin, William L., ed., The Army of the United States. Maynard, Merrill, & Co., New York, 1896. Argonaut Press Ltd.; Reprint edition (1966). ASIN: B000ST7S9Y.
- ^ Rodenbough, Theophilus F. and Haskin, William L., ed., 1986, 1966, pp. 519 and 521.
- ^ Warner, Generals in Blue, 1964, pp. 208–209; Sifakis, 1988, p. 284.
- ^ Warner, Generals in Gray, 1959, pp. 159–160; Sifakis, 1988, pp. 345–346.
- ^ Warner, Generals in Blue, 1964, pp. 429–430; Sifakis, 1988, p. 576-577.
- ^ Warner, Generals in Blue, 1964, pp. 489–490; Sifakis, 1988, p. 634-635.
- ^ Warner, Generals in Gray, 1959, pp. 312; Sifakis, 1988, p. 665.
- ^ Warner, Generals in Blue, 1964, pp. 573–574; Sifakis, 1988, p. 731.
- ^ In addition, an act of Congress of March 2, 1849 authorized the President to appoint a suitable person as Judge Advocate of the army, to be taken from the captains of the army. Captain John F. Lee of the Ordnance Department was appointed, and held the office until it was superseded by the legislation of 1862. Rodenbough, Theophilus F. and Haskin, William L., ed., The Army of the United States, Maynard, Merrill, & Co., New York, 1896. Argonaut Press Ltd.; Reprint edition (1966). ASIN: B000ST7S9Y.
- ^ a b Sifakis, 1988, p. 14.
- ^ Sifakis, 1988, p. 122.
- ^ Sifakis, 1988, pp. 432–433
- ^ Sifakis, p. 142.
- ^ Sifakis, p. 650.
- ^ Sifakis, 1988, pp. 149 and 545.
- ^ Sifakis, 1988, p. 642.
- ^ Warner, Generals in Gray, pp. 161-162; Sifakis, pp. 346-347.
- ^ Warner, Generals in Blue, p. 318; Nevins, p. 194
- ^ Sifakis, p. 374.
- ^ Sifakis, p. 376.
- ^ Sifakis, p. 218.
- ^ Warner, Generals in Blue, pp. 509-510; Sifakis, p. 659.
- ^ Herman Hattaway and Archer Jones give the number of officers in the pre-Civil War U.S. Army as 1,105. Hattaway, Herman and Jones, Archer, How the North Won, p.7. University of Illinois Press, Urbana, 1983. ISBN 0-252-00918-5. Other authors such as Ezra J. Warner give the figure as 1,098 or less commonly, 1,008, which perhaps is a typographical error.
- ^ Warner, Generals in Blue, 1964, p. xx.
- ^ McPherson, James M., Battle Cry of Freedom, p. 328. Oxford University Press, New York, 1988. ISBN 0-19-503863-0.
- ^ Adjunct Professor John S. Benson's review of Conrad, James Lee, The Young Lions: Confederate Cadets at War. University of South Carolina Press, 2004, retrieved August 1, 2010. The review shows 4 general officers from The Citadel; the Wikipedia article in the next note identifies 6 general officers from The Citadel by name.
- ^ Wikipedia Article, List of alumni of The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, retrieved August 1, 2010.
- ^ The same number of generals is given in Wagner, Margert E., Gallagher, Gary W. and Finkelman, Paul, eds., The Library of Congress Civil War Desk Reference, pp. 396, 398. Simon and Shuster Paperbacks, New York, 2009. gives the same numbers of generals in each army.
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