Yes there are ulysses s grant robert e lee and the other obvious heroes of the civil war but there are also many names you may never have heard of from famous politicians to everyday citizens people from all walks of life played important sometimes revolutionary roles during the war. The american civil war was fought as a result of a sectional rivalry that was put in place at the start of the nation the southern states continued to lose power with compared to the north the greater industrialization of the north compared with the more agricultural south contrasted the difference in lifestyles. Meet famous people who were associated with the civil war 1861 65 and that period in american history. The american civil war also known by other names was a war fought in the united states us from 1861 to 1865 the civil war is the most studied and written about episode in us history largely as a result of the long standing controversy over the enslavement of black people war broke out in april 1861 when secessionist forces attacked fort sumter in south carolina shortly after . Robert e lee 1807 1870 was one of the most talented and successful generals of the civil war after graduating from the us military academy at west point in 1846 lee fought in the mexican a
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