Civil War

The Best Fictional Civil War Characters  

Ranker Entertainment
467 votes 60 voters 23 items

We’re ranking the best and most memorable Civil War characters in film and TV. As the bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil, an estimated 620,000 soldiers lost their lives. What’s more, some historians predict roughly 40% of those deaths were never actually verified.

With some of history’s greatest characters taking center stage during the Civil War, modern entertainment has also given way to a cast of unique and interesting fictional characters. In Gangs of New York, Amsterdam Vallon (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) is an unlikely hero who takes on Bill the Butcher, a ruthless gang leader in Manhattan. You also have memorable characters like First Lieutenant John Dunbar in Dances With Wolves, who is so tired of fighting he leaves the comfort of his home to rough it in the wild. These heroic soldiers and brave individuals have fought for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Which character is your favorite?

While you won’t see Captain America or Iron Man on this list (though Wolverine does make an appereance), you will find the best fictional Civil War characters of all time. Vote up the ones you would want fighting for your side.

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Col. Robert Gould Shaw is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Col. Robert Gould Shaw Glory
2
Josey Wales is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
The Outlaw Josey Wales
3
Private Silas Tripp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Private Silas Tripp Glory
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Lieutenant Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Dances with Wolves
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Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
6
Rhett Butler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Gone with the Wind
7
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Hot Shots!, Gone with the Wind, Gone with the Wind
8
Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Back to the Future Part II, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
9
Cullen Bohannan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Hell on Wheels
10
Inman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Inman Cold Mountain
11
Ada Monroe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Cold Mountain
12
Ben Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Bonanza
13
Jo March is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Little Women
14
Ruby Thewes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Ruby Thewes Cold Mountain
15
Martha Farnsworth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Martha Farnsworth The Beguiled
16
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Eric 'Hoss' Cartwright Bonanza, The Errand Boy
17
Bill 'The Butcher' Cutting is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Gangs of New York
18
Jake Roedel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Jake Roedel Ride with the Devil
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Amsterdam Vallon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Gangs of New York
20
Bill Compton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
A Drop of True Blood, True Blood
21
Augusta is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Augusta The Keeping Room
22
Daniel Holt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Daniel Holt Ride with the Devil
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Laurie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Civil War Characters
Little Women