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Albert Johnston
   commanded at   
Shiloh
"confederate general, died in the first day of battle. His forces were forced to retreat when the Union received reinforcements
Ambrose Burnside
   commanded at   
Fredricksburg
Union general, thoroughly defeated. Referred to by some as one of the most one-sided battles of the war
Braxton Bragg
   commanded at   
Chickamauga
Confederate general, victorious. Over 30,000 from both sides perished in the battle
David Farragut
   commanded at   
Battle of Mobile Bay
Union Admiral; Union victory, Aug 6, 1864
David Porter
   commanded at   
Red River Campaign
Union Admiral; led flotella of gunboats up and back down the Red River in Louisiana, 1864
George McClellan
   commanded at   
Antietam
Union major-general, considered a victory by the union, but McClellan's mistakes drew the negative attention of Abraham Lincoln
George Meade
   commanded at   
Gettysburg
Union general, victorious. This was the scene of the confederate disaster known as 'Pickett's Charge'
Irvin McDowell
   commanded at   
First Manassas
Union general, defeated. Also know as Battle of Bull Run
James Breckinridge
   commanded at   
New Market
Condederate general, victorious. Cadets from the Virginia Military Institute, some as young as fifteen (some sources report twelve) were involved in the battle
John Hood
   commanded at   
Nashville
Confederate general, defeated. A little over a month later, he resigned his command
Joseph Hooker
   commanded at   
Chancellorsville
Union Major general, defeated. Dazed by a cannonball's near miss early in the day, Hooker's ability to oversee the battle was questioned by his subordinates
Joseph Johnston
   commanded at   
Seven Pines
Confederate general. Though both sides claimed victory, neither gained much and historians view it as a draw
Kirby Smith
   commanded at   
Red River Campaign
Confederate General, victorious at Sabine crossroads
Nathaniel Banks
   commanded at   
Red River Campaign
Union General; suffered defeat
Pierre Beauregard
   commanded at   
First Manassas
Confederate general, victorious. Beauregard also commanded the forces that fired on Fort Sumter at the beginning of the war
Robert Lee
   commanded at   
Fredricksburg
Commander of all Confederate forces, victorious. The Richmond Examiner described it as a "stunning defeat to the invader, a splendid victory to the defender of the sacred soil."
Robert Lee
   commanded at   
Second Manassas
Commander of all Confederate forces, victorious. It's not widely known that before the war, Lee was offered a commission by the federal government to invade the south, but refused it
Thomas Jackson
   commanded at   
Cedar Mountain
Confederate general, victorious. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson is considered by historians to be one of the most gifted tactical commanders in U.S. history
Ulysses S. Grant
   commanded at   
Cold Harbor
Commander of all Union forces. Confederate victory, the Union lost several-thousand by pusuing a disasterous frontal assault
Ulysses S. Grant
   commanded at   
The Wilderness
Commander of all Union forces. Tactical victory for the confederates, Strategic victory for the Union
William Rosecrans
   commanded at   
Murfreesboro
Union general. The battle (also known as The Battle of Stones River) was tactically indecisive
William Sherman
   commanded at   
Atlanta
Union general, victorious. Nevertheless, the Confederacy continued to hold Atlanta for another six weeks


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