Zebulon Baird Vance

Part of the Cool Civil War Names series. This guy had ambition. Studying law by 21 and in the North Carolina House of Commons by 24, Vance made friends and won elections with his oratorical skills and soon entered Congress as the youngest legislator and one of the few Southern supporters of the Union. This… Read more Zebulon Baird Vance

Leonidas Polk

Part of the Cool Civil War Names series. Leonidas Polk was many things: a West Point graduate, founder of The University of The South (Sewanee), the second cousin of President James Polk, and an Episcopalian bishop. He was also a terrible field general. He was a typical example of a Civil War “political general”, a… Read more Leonidas Polk