Welcome to American Civil War High Command

Leadership is a major factor in the success of any endeavour, but exceptional leadership is an imperative element for success in the extreme test of warfare. 

During the American Civil War, the military ascendancy shifted gradually but decisively from the Confederate States to the Union. One of the very many factors in this shift was the diverging approach adopted by each side to organise its military high command.  The pattern of the emergence and elevation of key commanders to the highest positions differs significantly. This evolution contributed to the final Union victory.

If you are interested in the American Civil War, please enjoy reading about its evolution here.

Follow the day by day chronology, which focuses particularly on the high commands of the belligerents.

Ever asked yourself ...

  • What happened when – and how did events fit into the evolution of the conflict?
  • Who was commanding what and where on a particular date?
  • Who were their superior and subordinate officers?
  • How did they get there – and why not somebody else?
  • Where did they fit into the hierarchy?
  • How did the structure of high command evolve and why?
  • When did each General join their high command?
  • What was happening with the Navies?

Maybe the answers are here…?

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