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Leadership

Some Union Generals of the Army of the Potomac

These Generals led Federal troops during the American Civil War (1861-1865) in such battles as Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and The Wilderness.

  • George Armstrong Custer (born 1839, died 1876)

    American general who served the Union in the Civil War and led troops in the Indian wars of the American West.

    • Cavalry general in the Army of the Potomac
  • Ulysses S. Grant (born 1822, died 1885)

    Supreme commander of the Union Army in the Civil War, and 18th President of the U.S.

    • Commander of all Union armies, he made his headquarters with the Army of the Potomac during its final campaigns
  • George Gordon Meade (born 1815, died 1872)

    Union general in the U.S. Civil War.

    • Hard-hitting corps commander who was appointed commander of the Army of the Potomac on the eve of Gettysburg, where he held on to gain a victory
  • Henry J. Hunt

    Union general in the U.S. Civil War.

    • Commander of artillery in the Army of the Potomac
  • Andrew A. Humphreys (born 1810, died 1883)

    Union general in the U.S. Civil War.

    • A career army officer who served as a division commander for the Army of the Potomac
  • Nelson A. Miles (born 1839, died 1925)

    Union general in the U.S. Civil War.

    • General in the Army of the Potomac
  • Gouverneur Warren

    Union general in the U.S. Civil War.

    • As commander of engineers, his quick eye saved the army at Gettysburg; later commanded a corps in the Army of the Potomac
  • Joshua L. Chamberlain

    American soldier, educator and political leader.

    • A Union hero at Gettysburg as colonel of the 20th Maine, he was made a general in the Army of the Potomac
  • Horatio G. Wright

    Union general in the U.S. Civil War.

    • General in the Army of the Potomac
  • Truman Seymour

    Union general in the U.S. Civil War.

    • General in the Army of the Potomac
  • John G. Park

    Union general in the U.S. Civil War.

    • General in the Army of the Potomac
  • Philip H. Sheridan

    Union general in the U.S. Civil War.

    • General in the Army of the Potomac
  • Wesley Merritt

    Union general in the U.S. Civil War.

    • General in the Army of the Potomac
  • Thomas C. Devin

    Union general in the U.S. Civil War.

    • General in the Army of the Potomac
  • George Crook (born 1829, died 1890)

    Union general in the U.S. Civil War.

    • Saw continuous action from Antietam to Appomattox
  • Edward Otho Cresap Ord (born 1818, died 1883)

    Union general in the U.S. Civil War.

    • Fought with the Army of the Potomac, then joined the fighting in the West; returned to the Eastern Theater when Grant took command
  • John Gibbon

    Union general in the U.S. Civil War.

    • General in the Army of the Potomac
  • Godfrey Weitzel

    Union general in the U.S. Civil War.

    • General in the Army of the Potomac
  • August Valentine Kautz (born 1828, died 1895)

    German-born Union general in the U.S. Civil War.

    • Gained distinction at the seige of Petersburg in 1864
  • William Birney

    Union general in the U.S. Civil War.

    • General in the Army of the Potomac
  • Ranald S. Mackenzie

    Union general in the U.S. Civil War.

    • General in the Army of the Potomac
  • Winfield S. Hancock

    Union general in the U.S. Civil War. Known as ''Hancock the Magnificent.''

    • Commanded the II Corps of the Army of the Potomac

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