Benjamin Franklin Cheatham:
- Born on October 20 1820, Nashville, Tennessee, age 40
- Served as a captain in the lst Tennessee and as the Colonel of the 3rd Tennessee during the Mexican War
- Major general in the Tennessee State Militia, but left the state to take part as a goldminer in the 1849 California Gold Rush
- Returned to Tennessee in 1853
- Was one of the state's senior officers in 1861.
- Born on March 28 1818, Charleston, South Carolina, age 43
- Graduated from South Carolina College in 1826 and studied law, but did not practiced
- Made a financial success of his family's plantations
- Was elected to the South Carolina General Assembly in 1852
- Senator in the State Senate from 1858 to 1861.
William Joseph Hardee:
- Born on October 12 1815, Camden County, Georgia, age 45
- West Point class of 1838
- Sent by the Army to France, to study military tactics
- Fought in the Seminole War and in the Mexican War, where he won two brevets
- Commandant of cadets at West Point, wrote a famous textbook on tactics§- Assigned as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 1st Cavalry.
Stephen Dill Lee:
- Born on September 22 1833, Charleston, South Carolina, age 27
- West Point class of 1854
- Career officer, served in artillery and staff positions, in the frontier and in the third Seminole War.
- A distant relative to Gen. Robert E. Lee
Edmund Kirby Smith:
- Born on May 16 1824, St Augustine, Florida, age 29
- West Point class of 1845
- Served with the 5th U.S. Infantry in the Mexican War, where he won two brevets
- Taught mathematics at West Point
- Promoted Major in 1855, transferred to the 2nd Cavalry
- On frontier duty in Texas.
Alexander Peter Stewart:
- Born on October 2 1821, Rogersville, Tennessee, age 39
- West Point class of 1842
- Se served in garrison duty and taught mathmatics at West Point
- Resigned his commission in 1845 to become an educator.
- Born on January 27 1826 near Louisville, Kentucky, age 35
- Graduated from Yale in 1845
- During the Mexican-American War, served as the military secretary to his father
- Was elected in 1855 to the Louisiana Senate, in which he served until 1861
- Was the son of former President of the U.S. Zachary Taylor and brother-in-law of President Jefferson Davis.