HERO-Who Deserves the Title--

Hero--Who Deserves the Title--

  • Joshua Chamberlain "The Hero of Gettysburg"

    Votes: 12 18.5%
  • Benjamin Prentiss "The Hero of Shiloh"

    Votes: 5 7.7%
  • A.P. Hill "The Hero of Antietam"

    Votes: 16 24.6%
  • Another "The Hero of ??" Maybe I missed someone..

    Votes: 32 49.2%

  • Total voters
    65

5fish

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I was wonder who was the greater Hero among the few I have listed. Which one deserves their title that history has thrown upon them, which one does not?

Joshua Chamberlain "The Hero of Gettysburg": He saves the union position on Little Round Top.

Benjamin Prentiss "The Hero of Shiloh": He stood tall in the Hornet nest giving the rest of the union army time to regroup.

A.P. Hill "The Hero of Antietam": He arrives in the nick of time to save the day for the Confederacy.

Another "The Hero of ??" Maybe there another Hero form another battle that deserves a spot among the three I have already listed.


I wonder who truly deserves the title as "Hero"...and who I may have forgot to recognize and deserve thier place among those I have mention...

A muse...
 

Elennsar

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Private Unknown.

All of them.

Asking for the One True Hero of the Civil War is...not going to get much of a better answer than that.
 

5fish

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Only one--

There maybe much truth in your answer Elennsar but you must pick only one...Only one can can have the title....Only one!!

A muse...
 

SweetSue

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The true hero of the Civil War is not any of the Generals . It is the ordinary Billy Yank or Johnny Reb who faced the fire straight on and didn't run. Who manned his gun or fired his rifle when the whole world seemed like hell around him. Those that fought even when they were injured . Those that marched into the cannon's mouth. Who marched on long marches , some with no shoes, in rags but still they marched. Those that went days without food . None of the "Heroes named did it with out those ordinary soldiers to actually do the fighting .

So I name two Billy Yank and Johnny Reb the true heroes of the Civil War.
Miss Susan
 

Elennsar

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If you're going to force me to pick one and I can't second Sue, Hancock on July 2nd.

That man demonstrated the finest qualities of leadership.
 

johan_steele

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The true hero of the Civil War is not any of the Generals . It is the ordinary Billy Yank or Johnny Reb who faced the fire straight on and didn't run. Who manned his gun or fired his rifle when the whole world seemed like hell around him. Those that fought even when they were injured . Those that marched into the cannon's mouth. Who marched on long marches , some with no shoes, in rags but still they marched. Those that went days without food . None of the "Heroes named did it with out those ordinary soldiers to actually do the fighting .

So I name two Billy Yank and Johnny Reb the true heroes of the Civil War.
Miss Susan

Spot on and very well said.
 

SweetSue

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Thank you kind sirs. I do agree if you want one man who is a general Hancock is the man. After reading Dave Shultz book Hancock between the Farm Lanes I have a real respect for the man.
Miss Susan
 

footeghost

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I think all men who felt they were With God int their belief and gave everything were hero's
 

larry_cockerham

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This is an easy one. It was doubtless Sam Davis of Coleman's Scouts, the boy hero of the Confederacy. This is the lad for whom Sam Davis Camp 1293 SCV is named. There are few others in his lofty status.
 

larry_cockerham

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Sam Davis

SAM DAVIS

When the Lord calls up earth's heroes,
to stand before his face:
O, many a name, unknown to fame
Shall ring from that high place:
Then out of a grave in the Southland
At the just God's call and beck,
Shall one man rise with fearless eyes
With rope about his neck:
O Southland: Bring your laurels!
and add your wreath, O North!
Let glory claim the hero's name
and tell the world his worth.
 

gary

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Sheridan at Cedar Creek. Dramatic entrance that rallied his army and soundly trashed the opponent.

BTW, what Joshua Chamberlain did was important, but no less important than what Greene did at Culp's Hill. Had Greene failed, Meade's line would have collapsed too. Greene was much more modest and not into self-promotion like Chamberlain was.

Runaway named Tubbs saved Porter's squadron. Porter's squadron was bottled up in the Big Black and an ex-slave, Tubbs, carried a message to Sherman to march quicker to Porter's relief. Had Sherman failed, Porter would have scuttled his squadron and Vicksburg (in the final campaign) would not have been taken. Grant could have been shelved as another failure.
 

captainrlm

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What about Robert Smalls and his capture of a Confederate boat, running it past the guards and delivering it to the Union forces? That took incredible courage and creativity.
 

5fish

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Gen. Blunt...

What about Gen. Blunt at Prairie Grove? he march to the sounds of guns arriving just in time to slam into the flank of the surprised confederates blunting their next attack on Gen. Herron's men..Saving the day!
 

larry_cockerham

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The word HERO is so overused, overworked, and diluted of meaning that I have no idea what today's definition would read...


A better question might be, what actions define who is a hero?

Ed

In the case of Sam Davis, it meant staring the Grim Reaper in the eye and taking a whiz on his boot. Sam gave his life rather than betray the identities of his fellow "Scouts" who happened to be contained in the very jail in Pulaski in which Sam found himself in 1864. That was a rather gutzy decision for a young lad or anyone else.
 

bama46

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In the case of Sam Davis, it meant staring the Grim Reaper in the eye and taking a whiz on his boot. Sam gave his life rather than betray the identities of his fellow "Scouts" who happened to be contained in the very jail in Pulaski in which Sam found himself in 1864. That was a rather gutzy decision for a young lad or anyone else.


Yessir, you are right, Sam qualifies regardless of the criteria. His heroism was based on Character, and a determination to do the honorable thing, even at the cost of his life. His letter to his mother, written the evening prior to his hanging brings tears to my eyes, every time I read it.
Deo Vindice!

Ed
 

5fish

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Character = Hero ??

What of Henry Wirz? The infamous commander of Camp Sumter in Andersonville, GA.. He showed great character by refusing to unjustly or falsely accuse other confederate government officials during his trail. His honor was more valuable to him then his life. True character... a Southern gentleman.
 

Elennsar

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Even assuming the absolute best of Wirz, above and beyond merely being innocent, considering him a hero seems to be straining the definition.
 

civilwar6165

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Hero

My vote goes to Brig. Gen. George Sears Greene on Culps Hill. Just imagine the outcome of the battle if Old Pap couldnt have held the hill .
 

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