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Ch 14: Important Figures in the American Civil War

About This Chapter

This chapter uses engaging videos to give you an overview of the most important figures active during the American Civil War. The quizzes offered throughout this chapter will give you the opportunity to test yourself on the facts and history that you've learned.

Important Figures in the American Civil War - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Many influential people played important roles in the Civil War. This chapter describes these people and the impact they had on the Civil War period of United States history. Video lessons are used to show you the significance of these men. Instructors are available to answer your questions and you may use quizzes to test the your knowledge of the subject. Topics in this chapter include:

  • The first and only president of the Confederate States
  • How Ulysses S. Grant shifted from a military to a political position
  • The most important generals and commanders of the Confederate Army
  • Several accomplished generals in the Union Army

Video Objective
Jefferson Davis, Confederate President: History & Facts Critique the politics and history of the only president of the Confederate States.
Ulysses S. Grant in the Civil War: Facts, History & Achievements Analyze Grant's time as a general in the Union Army and his presidency.
Who Was General Robert E. Lee? - History & Civil War Facts Evaluate General Robert E. Lee and his accomplishments as he commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.
General Stonewall Jackson in the Civil War: Facts & Battles Consider the achievements of 'Stonewall' Jackson and the part he played in the Civil War.
General John Fremont: Facts, Timeline & Significance Illustrate why General John Fremont was one of the most influential Americans of the mid-19th Century.
General George McClellan: Civil War Facts & Timeline Dissect how General George McClellan built the Army of the Potomac.
General George Meade: Civil War Facts & History Assess how this important Union general was a key player in the Battle of Gettysburg.
General Winfield Scott and the Civil War Appraise how General Winfield Scott acted as the Union Army's General-in-Chief for the first few months of the Civil War.

8 Lessons in Chapter 14: Important Figures in the American Civil War
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Jefferson Davis, Confederate President: History & Facts

1. Jefferson Davis, Confederate President: History & Facts

In this lesson, learn about Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederate States of America (1861-1865). Before the Civil War, he was a U.S. Senator from Mississippi and secretary of war under Franklin Pierce.

Ulysses S. Grant in the Civil War: Facts, History & Achievements

2. Ulysses S. Grant in the Civil War: Facts, History & Achievements

Ulysses S. Grant was a Union general in the American Civil War. Due to his victories in the Western Theater in 1862 and 1863, he was promoted to command all Union armies in 1864. He was also the 18th U.S. president from 1869-1877.

Who Was General Robert E. Lee? - History & Civil War Facts

3. Who Was General Robert E. Lee? - History & Civil War Facts

Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) commanded the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia for three years during the American Civil War. He achieved several stunning victories and is remembered as one of the great generals in American history.

General Stonewall Jackson in the Civil War: Facts & Battles

4. General Stonewall Jackson in the Civil War: Facts & Battles

Thomas Jonathan 'Stonewall' Jackson was a famous Confederate general in the American Civil War. He played a key role in major Confederate victories from July 1861 to his death following the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863.

General John Fremont: Facts, Timeline & Significance

5. General John Fremont: Facts, Timeline & Significance

John C. Frémont was an American explorer, Senator, presidential candidate, and Union general in the Civil War. He was one of the most famous and influential Americans of the mid-19th century and we'll be looking at him in this lesson.

General George McClellan: Civil War Facts & Timeline

6. General George McClellan: Civil War Facts & Timeline

George McClellan was a Union General in the American Civil War. He built the Army of the Potomac and led it during the Peninsula and Maryland Campaigns in 1862. Let's learn more about this complicated and fascinating Civil War general.

General George Meade: Civil War Facts & History

7. General George Meade: Civil War Facts & History

In this lesson, we'll be looking at General George Gordon Meade, who was an important Union general in the American Civil War. We'll look at his early life, his role in the Civil War, and other facts about the man's history. Then you can test your knowledge with a quiz!

General Winfield Scott and the Civil War

8. General Winfield Scott and the Civil War

General Winfield Scott was one of the most famous Americans of the 19th century. He led American forces to victory in the Mexican-American War and was Union General-in-Chief for the first few months of the Civil War.

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