The American Civil War was replete with interesting characters and personalities. Soldiers, politicians, and civilians – both North and South – performed remarkable feats of courage, intellect, and leadership during the course of the conflict. The intent of Civil War Profiles is to tell those stories. It is a blog focused on the individuals and the actions they performed relevant to the Civil War.


Mathew W. Lively is a West Virginia native and practicing physician. He currently serves as a Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. The recipient of two master’s degrees in addition to his medical degree, he has been an active teacher of medical students and resident physicians for the past fifteen years. He is the author of numerous scientific articles in the medical literature, several of which focus on medical history topics. A life-long student of Civil War history, his first book – Calamity at Chancellorsville: The Wounding and Death of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson – was released by Savas Beatie in May 2013.