Union men who impacted the country after the Civil War
Many of those who participated in the Civil War for the North or the South, as members of the military or as civilians had interesting and/or eventful lives after the war that had a lasting impact on this country's future.
In his book, "After the Civil War: The Heroes, Villains, Soldiers and Civilians Who Changed America," James Robertson shares the stories of some well-known figures and a few who are not so well-known. Future columns will cover various categories; here are some Union men.
Salmon Portland Chase
Named chief justice of the United States by Lincoln. As such, the court blocked the movement to have Jefferson Davis tried as a traitor, set ground rules for the impeachment of President Johnson that are still in effect, decreed that a military trial of a civilian was unconstitutional. Died in 1873. (Ambitious to be president, self-righteous, aloof manner, pompous.)
In charge of the Lincoln funeral train to Springfield. He suffered two strokes and retired from the army but became well enough to travel to address veterans groups. He never completed his memoirs before he died in 1878. (Independent, outspoken, aggressive leader, had a scheming side, 6 feet tall, smiled often, acted with boldness, appetite for whiskey and women, not a favorite of other officers.)