Top 20 significant characters of the Civil War


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Top 20 significant characters of the Civil War

  1. 1. Name Rank Significance Side Harriet Tubman 5 She hid slaves, and led them into Northern territory to be free them. Union Harriet Beecher Stowe 2 She was the author of the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin. This book caused great conflict among Sothern and Northern people. This finally led to civil war. Union Abraham Lincoln 1 He was the president in the Union side before and during the civil war. His assuming of presidency, his belief in abolition and his gathering of troops provoked the civil war to happen. Union Frederick Douglas 8 He was a half white and half black American who was a talented orator. He Influenced others to think critically for abolition. Union Henry Clay 4 He is known as the “Great Compromiser” by many people. He proposed the Compromise of 1850 which basically only freed the state of California. Because abolitionism wasn’t dealt with in the Union
  2. 2. compromise, the idea of war was roaming around the time. Nat Turner 14 He led the rebellion against slavery. The rebellion failed; however, he made the issue of slavery a serious topic to others by his action. Union Sojourner Truth 17 A spokesman during the pre-civil war time who influenced the people to believe in abolition. She was a great orator and a singer. Union Robert E. Lee 9 He graduated West Point as one of the smartest students. He was the general of the Confederate army during the time of civil war. He won some battles, but confederates eventually lose. Confederate Ulysses S. Grant 7 He was the general for the Union army. He eventually defeats the confederate army. Union Stonewall Jackson 12 He was a general of the confederate side during the civil war. He was considered to have ingenious battle plans by many people. He died of pneumonia after Pickett Confederate
  3. 3. accidentally shot him in the battle of Chancellorsville. Dred Scott 10 He was a black slave who fought for his rights. His court case failed but this stimulated the union to take actions for abolitionism. Union Clara Barton 20 She founded the Red Cross. She cured both Northern and Southern people during the war. Neutral Stephen Douglas 3 He was a very short man who opposed abolition; therefore, he had many debates with Lincoln. He favored the Kansas- Nebraska Act of 1854 which he thought would neutralize the situation of slavery but worsened it to provoke the civil war. Confederate John Brown 11 He led the Brown’s raid in the United States. He killed many Southern people to abolish slavery. He thought God called him to do so. Union George Pickett 19 He was a general for the confederate side who is mostly known for his contribution in the battle of Confederate
  4. 4. Gettysburg, more precisely the Pickett’s charge. Denmark Vesey 15 He was an African American who devised an enormous plan to abolish slavery; however, his plan failed due to betrayal of one of his colleague. Union Jefferson Davis 13 He was the president of the confederate side during the civil war. Confederate John Wilkes Booth 16 He was an actor who assassinated Abraham Lincoln because of South’s lost in civil war. Confederate Robert Gould Shaw 18 He was a colonel for the Union side who believed in equal pay for the black soldiers. He died in Fort Wagner trying to lead the soldiers. Union William Lloyd Garrison 6 He was the first one to publish the Liberator, a news paper concerning the ideas of abolition. He boldly and straightforwardly exercised his ideas about abolition. Union