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  • Henry Steel Olcott (1832 - 1907)
    Henry Steel Olcott (2 August 1832 – 17 February 1907) was an American military officer, journalist, lawyer and the co-founder and first President of the Theosophical Society.Olcott was the first well-k...
  • Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840 - 1914)
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    Brev. Brig. Gen. (USA) Dexter Elisha Clapp (1830 - 1882)
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  • Brev. Lt. Col. Myles Walter Keogh (1840 - 1876)
    United States Army Officer. A distinguished Civil War soldier who was later killed at the Little Big Horn, the best known battle of the Indian Wars, Keogh first captured the popular imagination as th...
  • Gen. Orris S. Ferry, U.S. Senator (1823 - 1875)
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This project focuses on Civil War "notables" from the Union and Confederate armies and their families.

Meaning of the word notables:



famous or important persons worthy of attention or notice; remarkable.==

including officers, volunteers, and draftees on both sides who are or should be recognized for their "NOTABLE" activities during the American Civil War — whether

exemplary or notorious

leaders or heroes, recipients of awards for meritorious conduct such as the Medal of Honor.''' In other words


Just because your relative was killed in the CIVIL WAR and is important to you, does not make them NOTABLE. So were 750,000 other soldiers killed in the war. All tragic losses, but NOT ALL NOTABLE.

Just because they received some rank as an officer DOES NOT MAKE them NOTABLE.

This project will be reviewed from time to time and the un-notables will be culled out.

There are specific Projects that these people belong in. For example: "Other People in the American Civil War"

There are a number other Civil War Projects that these people belong somewhere in. Not here. Take the time and put them in their right place so they can be properly recognized..

If their PROFILE does indicate something NOTABLE and or other then date of birth and death, it will be removed. It does not belong here in this Project.

Example of a NOTABLE

Brevet Major General Joshua Chamberlain, Medal of Honor at Gettysburg
from Main. Another interesting thing about him, is he passed away at the age of 86 from wounds he received during the Civil War.


Thus Chamberlain was responsible for one of the most poignant scenes of the Civil War. As the Confederate soldiers marched down the road to surrender their arms and colors, Chamberlain, on his own initiative, ordered his men to come to attention and "carry arms" as a show of respect. Chamberlain described what happened next:

Major General John B. Gordon (CSA), at the head of the marching column, outdoes us in courtesy. He was riding with downcast eyes and more than pensive look; but at this clatter of arms he raises his eyes and instantly catching the significance, wheels his horse with that superb grace of which he is master, drops the point of his sword to his stirrup, gives a command, at which the great Confederate ensign following him is dipped and his decimated brigades, as they reach our right, respond to the 'carry.' All the while on our part not a sound of trumpet or drum, not a cheer, nor a word nor motion of man, but awful stillness as if it were the passing of the dead.


Many politicians during the Civil War both North and South got into the war without any military training. Very few became notable.

On the Northern side some NOTABLES:

  • Franz Sigel, a German immigrant Civil War general, a teacher and journalist who arrived in the States in 1852 and entered the military at the outset of the Civil War, fighting in the Battle of Pea Ridge, Battle of Carthage, Battle of Wilson's Creek, Battle of New Market, and the Second Battle of Bull Run. According to some historians, including William Bryk, Sigel was one of the more unsuccessful Union generals. (There is 16-acre park, named for Sigel, that runs from the Metro North railroad cut north to East 158th and from the Concourse west to Walton Avenue. During the Revolutionary War, Washington and his aides used a high rocky ridge in the future park to survey British troop movements. The land was later owned by Gerard Walton, who is now remembered by two Bronx avenues. The park was originally named Cedar Park (a former driveway to the Walton estate is now called Cedar Lane)).

On the Southern side some NOTABLES:

All Notable. Only one was a politician before the war. None went to Military school i.e., West Point or VMI. All came up through the ranks.

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Related Projects

"Other People in the American Civil War" for your not so notable ancestors. "The Civil War 1861-1865 United States of America" for projects for troops, units and battles.

Existing Profiles

  1. Major General Christopher C. Augur
  2. Major General Jacob D. Cox
  3. Colonel Zebulon Baird Vance