Selected Confederate Generals of the Civil War

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General Joseph E. Johnston, CSA

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General Joseph E. Johnston. Photograph Courtesy of the National Archives & Records Administration

Leaders in Gray

The Confederate Army employed hundreds of generals during the Civil War. This gallery provides an overview of several of the key Confederate generals who contributed to the Southern cause and helped guide its armies throughout the war.

  • Dates: February 3, 1807-March 21, 1891
  • State: Virginia
  • Highest Rank Attained: General
  • Principal Commands: Army of the Shenandoah, Army of Northern Virginia, Department of the West, Army of Tennessee, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia
  • Principal Battles: First Bull Run (1861), Fair Oaks (1862), Resaca (1864), Carolinas Campaign (1865), Bentonville (1865)
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General Robert E. Lee, CSA

General Robert E. Lee, CSA. Photograph Courtesy of the National Archives & Records Administration
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General Braxton Bragg, CSA

General Braxton Bragg, CSA. Photograph Courtesy of the Library of Congress
  • Dates: March 22, 1817-September 27, 1876
  • State: North Carolina
  • Highest Rank Attained: General
  • Principal Commands: Department of West Florida, Army of Mississippi, Army of Tennessee, military advisor to Jefferson Davis, Department of North Carolina and Southern Virginia
  • Principal Battles: Shiloh (1862), Siege of Corinth (1862), Perryville (1862), Stones River (1862/3), Chickamauga (1864), Chattanooga (1863), Second Fort Fisher (1865), Bentonville (1865)
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General Pierre G.T. Beauregard, CSA

The Little Creole - General Pierre G.T. Beauregard, CSA. Photograph Courtesy of the National Archives & Records Administration
  • Dates: May 28, 1818-February 20, 1893
  • State: Louisiana
  • Highest Rank Attained: General
  • Principal Commands: Confederate Forces in Charleston, Confederate Forces in Virginia, Army of Tennessee, Coastal defenses in Georgia and South Carolina, Defense of Richmond, Department of the West
  • Principal Battles: Fort Sumter (1861), First Bull Run (1861), Shiloh (1862), Corinth (1862), Attacks on Charleston (1863/4), Bermuda Hundred Campaign (1864), Petersburg (1864)
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Lieutenant General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, CSA

Stonewall - Lieutenant General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, CSA. Photograph Courtesy of the National Archives & Records Administration
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Lieutenant General James Longstreet, CSA

Old Pete - Lieutenant General James Longstreet, CSA. Photograph Courtesy of the National Archives & Records Administration
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Lieutenant General Richard S. Ewell, CSA

Old Bald Head - Lieutenant General Richard S. Ewell, CSA. Photograph Courtesy of the National Archives & Records Administration
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Lieutenant General Ambrose P. Hill, CSA

Little Powell - Lieutenant General A.P. Hill, CSA. Photograph Courtesy of the National Archives & Records Administration
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Major General James E.B. Stuart, CSA

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Jeb - Major General J.E.B. Stuart. Photograph Courtesy of the National Archives &Records Administration
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Lieutenant General Jubal A. Early, CSA

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Old Jube - Lieutenant General Jubal Early, CSA. Photograph Courtesy of the Library of Congress
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General John Bell Hood, CSA

General John Bell Hood. Photograph Courtesy of the National Archives & Records Administration
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Major General John B. Gordon, CSA

Major General John B. Gordon, CSA. Photograph Courtesy of the National Archives & Records Administration