Braxton Bragg¬ (March 22, 1817 ‚Äď September 27, 1876) was an American army¬ officer¬ during the¬ Second Seminole War¬ and¬ Mexican‚ÄďAmerican War¬ and later a Confederate army officer who served as a¬ general¬ in the¬ Confederate Army¬ during the¬ American Civil War, serving in the¬ Western Theater. His most important role was as commander of the¬ Army of Mississippi, later renamed the¬ Army of Tennessee, from June 1862 until December 1863.
Robert E. Lee distinguished himself in the¬ Mexican‚ÄďAmerican War¬ (1846‚Äď1848). He was one of¬ Winfield Scott's chief aides in the march from¬ Veracruz¬ to Mexico City. He was instrumental in several American victories through his personal reconnaissance as a staff officer; he found routes of attack that the¬ Mexicans¬ had not defended because they thought the terrain was impassable.
He was promoted to¬ brevet¬ major after the¬ Battle of Cerro Gordo¬ on April 18, 1847.¬ He also fought at¬ Contreras,¬ Churubusco, and¬ Chapultepec¬ and was wounded at the last. By the end of the war, he had received additional brevet promotions to lieutenant colonel and colonel, but his permanent rank was still captain of engineers, and he would remain a captain until his transfer to the¬ cavalry¬ in 1855.
Leonidas Polk¬ (April 10, 1806 ‚Äď June 14, 1864) was a¬ planter¬ in¬ Maury County, Tennessee, US, and a¬ second cousin¬ of¬ President¬ James K. Polk. He was bishop of the¬ Episcopal¬ Diocese of Louisiana. He resigned his ecclesiastical position to become a¬ major general¬ in the¬ Confederate army¬ (called "Sewanee's Fighting Bishop"). His official portrait at the¬ University of the South¬ depicts him dressed as a bishop with his army uniform hanging nearby.
Edmund Winchester Rucker¬ (July 22, 1835 ‚Äď April 13, 1924) was a¬ Confederate¬ officer during the¬ American Civil War. After the war he became an industrial leader of¬ Birmingham, Alabama.¬ Fort Rucker, Alabama was named in his honor.
After the war he returned to Memphis and the railroad business, working with Nathan Bedford Forrest. In 1869 he moved to Alabama as superintendent of a railroad. Rucker relocated to¬ Birmingham, Alabama¬ in the early 1880s, building his home in the neighborhood now called Five Points.¬ He worked with former General¬ Joseph E. Johnston¬ and became an industrial magnate, dealing with coal, steel, sales and land as well as being in the banking business.