Confederate Leaders of the Civil War: A Multiple-Choice Quiz and Study Guide for Students and Homeschoolers

Most historians would agree that Robert E. Lee was the greatest Confederate leader in the Civil War.
Most historians would agree that Robert E. Lee was the greatest Confederate leader in the Civil War.

“I have fought against the people of the North because I believed they were seeking to wrest from the South its dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings, and have never seen the day when I did not pray for them.”

- Robert E. Lee

  • After the formation of the Confederate Army, a total of 425 men received the rank of General from the Congress of the Confederate States of America. Most of them were professional soldiers who had received their education at a military school. Some of them had already seen active military service. Most of them, however, received "on the job" training. This website does not cover all 425 generals, but rather a select few who were considered to have made outstanding contributions in the war effort in one way or another.
  • Robert E. Lee, the most famous military figure in history, had his choice of which side to fight for. He was offered the command of the entire Union army, but turned it down, unable to justify fighting against his friends, family and neighbors in his home state of Virginia.
  • He is still admired today for both his military skills and his Christian values.

Stonewall Jackson

Most military historians consider Jackson to be one of the most gifted tactical commanders in United States history.  Other than Robert E. Lee, he was the most famous general of the Civil War. He died from complications of pneumonia.
Most military historians consider Jackson to be one of the most gifted tactical commanders in United States history. Other than Robert E. Lee, he was the most famous general of the Civil War. He died from complications of pneumonia.

Sterling Price

Aside from being a major general in the Civil War, Sterling Price was the 11th Governor of the State of Missouri.
Aside from being a major general in the Civil War, Sterling Price was the 11th Governor of the State of Missouri.

Nathan Bedford Forrest Statue

A lieutenant general in the Confederate Army, Nathan Bedford Forrest served as the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, a secret vigilante organization which launched a reign of terrorism against blacks (and Republicans).
A lieutenant general in the Confederate Army, Nathan Bedford Forrest served as the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, a secret vigilante organization which launched a reign of terrorism against blacks (and Republicans).
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Confederate Leaders/East  
Confederate Leaders/West  
Edward P. Alexander
Pierre Gaston Toutont Beauregard
Richard H. Anderson
Braxton Bragg
Lewis Addison Armistead
John C. Breckinridge
Jubal A. Early
Simon Bolivar Buckner, Sr.
Nathan G. "Shanks" Evans
Benjamin F. "Frank" Cheatham
Richard S. Ewell
Patrick Cleburne
John Brown Gordon
Basil W. Duke
Maxcy Gregg
Nathan Bedford Forrest
Wade Hampton
Franklin Gardner
Henry Heth
William J. "Old Reliable" Hardee
Ambrose P. Hill
D. H. Hill
Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson
John Bell Hood
Joseph B. Kershaw
Albert Sidney Johnston
Robert E. Lee
Joseph E. Johnston
James Longstreet
John B. Magruder
Lafayette McLaws
John Hunt Morgan
William Mahone
John C. Pemberton
William N. Pendleton
Leonidas "The Fighting Bishop" Polk
George E. Pickett
Sterling Price
Robert E. Rodes
Edmund Kirby Smith
G. W. Smith
Alexander P. Stewart
J.E.B. Stuart
Richard Taylor
Willliam H. C. Whiting
Earl Van Dorn
Cadmus M. Wilcox
Joseph Wheeler

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Casey White 4 years ago from United States Author

I love your passion! It's nice when someone reads my work and actually thinks about it. Your opinion is very much appreciated.


Mike Cole 4 years ago

please....Nathan Bedford Forrest is studied throughout the military for the tactics he devised during the war of northern aggression. His reasons for being part of the Klan was because of the Republican laws during reconstruction that put down the southern men of the time. Read more and you will understand why we still have the problems today. Lincoln was not the friend of the slave by no means. He wanted them anywhere but the United States. Oh Yes....Bedford Forrest disbanded the FIRST Klan by 1869. It was the later Klans that were the worst.

He fought for what he believed in. It's the American way of doing things.

Now don't get me wrong. I'm glad we have the United States the way it is. Had the South succeded we would not be the strong union we are today. We could be speaking german by now.


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Casey White 5 years ago from United States Author

I've only just begun to write...lol.


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flipu4it 5 years ago from Washington

Great stuff. Can't get enough.


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Casey White 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for the comment. I guess Christian values were a little bit different back then, although Robert E. Lee did detest slavery, he still fought on the Confederate side.


Texasbeta 5 years ago

Um..."Christian virtues" when referring to a man who was fighting to protect the enslavement of other men based upon color? Hmmm.

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