The official site for modern photographs of American Civil War Battlefields

James B. McPherson

Date of Birth:      November 14, 1828
Hometown:         Clyde, OH
Education:           West Point, 1853
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  Brigadier General

Date of Death:     July 22, 1864
Place of Death:    Atlanta, GA
Buried At:            Clyde, OH

Major Battles:        Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Siege of Corinth, Vicksburg Campaign, Atlanta Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    McPherson graduated first in the class, at West Point, that included two other celebrated officers: Phillip H. Sheridan and John Bell Hood.  No other Union officer, during the Civil War, would advance as quickly through the ranks.  In August 1861, McPherson was a first lieutenant of engineers.  By October 1862, he would be a major general of volunteers.  By the following year, McPherson would be a brigadier general in the regular army, and in 1864, he would be leading the Army of the Tennessee in the Atlanta Campaign.  McPherson would be killed, near Atlanta, while trying to reach his headquarters.

Home | Battlefields | Commanders | Store | Library | Links | Equipment | About | Contact