P.T. Beauregard was the first Confederate soldier to be promoted to the rank of full general on August 31st, 1861. The promotion was backdated to June 21st.
"The trouble with the commanders of the Army of the Potomac was that they never marched out to 'lick' anybody; all they thought of was to escape being 'licked' themselves."
~ Union Major General Philip H. Sheridan
Union Brigadier General James H. Wilson commanded the largest mounted force under a single leader in the history of North America.
"The first thing in the morning is drill, then drill, then drill again. Then drill, drill, a little more drill. Then drill, and lastly drill. Between drill, we drill and sometimes stop to eat a little and have a roll call."
~ Union Private Oliver W. Norton
83rd Pennsylvania Regiment
October 9, 1861