Famous U.S. Generals

Can you name these famous military generals and admirals from American history?
The non U.S. version can be found here
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Last updated: March 22, 2020
First submittedDecember 12, 2010
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Revolutionary War
Top American commander
George Washington
Revolutionary War
French nobleman who fought for the Americans
Marquis de Lafayette
Revolutionary War
General who betrayed the Americans to fight for the British
Benedict Arnold
Civil War
Top Union commander at the end of the Civil War
Ulysses S. Grant
Civil War
Confederate commander of the Army of Northern Virginia
Robert E. Lee
Civil War
Union general who marched to the sea, burning
Atlanta along the way
William Tecumseh
Sherman
Civil War
Confederate general known as "Stonewall"
Thomas Jackson
Civil War
Ineffective commander of the Army of Potomac who was fired by
Lincoln and then ran against him in the 1864 election
George B. McClellan
Civil War
Confederate general who led a futile charge at Gettysburg
George Pickett
Civil War
Brilliant Confederate cavalry commander whose legacy was
stained by serving as Grand Wizard of the KKK
Nathan Bedford Forrest
Indian Wars
Formerly a general, this Lieutenant Colonel had a "last stand"
at the Battle of the Little Bighorn
George Armstrong
Custer
WWI
Top U.S. commander of WWI. His frontal assaults
led to unnecessarily high U.S. casualties.
John J. Pershing
WWII
Known as "Old Blood and Guts", this Third Army commander
drove his forces deep into Germany
George S. Patton
WWII
Supreme Allied commander in Europe
Dwight D. Eisenhower
WWII
Admiral who commanded the Pacific Fleet
Chester Nimitz
WWII and Korea
Pacific Theater general who was made de-facto
ruler of Japan after the war
Douglas MacArthur
WWII and Korea
Known as "The G.I.'s general", he fought in Normandy and was
later the top U.S. commander in the Korean War
Omar Bradley
WWII, Korea,
Vietnam
This Air Force general oversaw the strategic bombing of Japan and
also wanted to bomb North Vietnam back to the "Stone Age"
Curtis LeMay
Vietnam
Top U.S. general in Vietnam from 1964 - 1968
William Westmoreland
Gulf War
Top Gulf War general, known as "Stormin' Norman"
Norman Schwarzkopf
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Level 20
May 9, 2012
I could've sworn I tried benedict. Oh well.
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Level 79
May 12, 2014
Usually quizzes do not accept first names. Did you also try Arnold?
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Level 83
Mar 22, 2020
Two first names. I also remembered him as Arnold Benedict. And usually just type a surname. Fail.
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Level 40
Jan 14, 2013
Darn... who knew I knew so much about war n stuff?!?
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Level ∞
Mar 22, 2020
I've changed this quiz to be only U.S. generals, and added another quiz for non-U.S. ones.
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Level 78
Mar 22, 2020
No love for George C. Marshall??
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Level ∞
Mar 23, 2020
Would have made a good inclusion. Oh well...
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Level 81
Mar 25, 2020
Colin Powell, Fighting Joe Hooker, James Mattis...may be enough for a (challenging) part 2!
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Level 44
Mar 23, 2020
oh dear, how many times - every quiz on this! Eisenhower was NOT the Allied Supreme Commander in Europe because there was no such position. He was Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force. There were always two Allied Supreme Commanders in Europe, responsible for different theaters.
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Level 63
May 20, 2020
Who is the other one then? I'm reading an Eisenhower biography right now, and it's clear that he was appointed Supreme Allied Commander in Europe in the early 50's, and that he was the only one. I just reread Time's issue commemorating the 75th-anniversary of Pearl Harbor, which also refers to Eisenhower as the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe during the war. I just tried googling it too, and I'm only coming up with Eisenhower.
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Level 55
May 20, 2020
You're getting bent out of shape over the wording of Ike's title. Both the technically incorrect and correct answers aptly describe his role and can only describe him. The two Allied Supreme Commanders in Europe you speak of are NATO positions and as such did not exist until after WW 2.
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Level 55
May 20, 2020
Actually, the answer given isn't even a title as "commander" is not capitalized. It is merely a description of his position and as such is 100% correct.
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Level 79
May 20, 2020
I assume that he's talking about Bernard Montgomery? But, as others pointed out above, this objection is wrong.
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Level 68
Mar 28, 2020
Interesting. I missed a lot of them. Some I should have got, some I recognised but didn’t remember and a lot of the civil war ones I had never heard of.
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Level 42
May 20, 2020
Are you from the USA? If so everyone has studied Lee, Jackson, Grant and Sherman at some point in school. People might not know Pickett or McClellan, but almost every American knows at least Grant, Jackson and Lee.
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Level 51
May 20, 2020
Impressive how many of them would also make the list of all-time sociopaths.
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Level 52
May 20, 2020
where's matthew perry?
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Level 79
May 20, 2020
Have you checked Central Perk?
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Level 67
May 20, 2020
I made a quiz like this a couple years ago, forgetting that there already was one.
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Level 49
May 20, 2020
Shout out to QM for entering so many alternate spelling of Schwarzkopf
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Level 69
May 21, 2020
Got it with "Shtumpkopf," meant roughly to convey that my kopf/head was shtumped trying to think of his name!
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Level 79
May 20, 2020
Only missed Pershing and Westmoreland.
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Level 78
May 20, 2020
Those were easy for me because Pershing was born in my state, and I grew up with the Vietnam War. I had trouble with Lemay and McClellan.
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Level 79
May 20, 2020
I remember LeMay from the excellent documentary Fog of War.
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Level 46
May 20, 2020
"Brilliant Confederate cavalry commander whose legacy was stained by serving as Grand Wizard of the KKK" Is his legacy not stained by being a Confederate?
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Level 65
May 21, 2020
This. Traitor who led an armed insurrection against his country so he could continue to enslave his fellow man also did other bad stuff. It is actually a little weird to me that any confederate general is included in a list of American generals as if they were all part of the same team.
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Level 40
May 20, 2020
How people miss Mcclelan?
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Level 51
May 20, 2020
The comment about Pershing is a bit misleading. When the United States entered the war in 1917 the Western Front trench lines stretched from the North Sea to Switzerland. Pershing might not have been a miracle worker, but clearly his offensives of neccesity would involve a lot of frontal assaults.
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Level 38
May 21, 2020
To be fair to Nathan Bedford Forrest, his views changed later in life. He quit the KKK and began speaking out in favor of racial equality, for which he caught a lot of criticism from other Southerners.
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Level 55
May 22, 2020
His reputation would likely be better today had he also owned up to the racism he was known for. He never owned up to any responsibility for the Fort Pillow Massacre & even denied he had ever been a member of the KKK.