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|One of the more famous American agnostics (or atheists, depending on your precise definition of that term) was Robert G. Ingersoll, who fought on the Union side in the Civil War. He helped raised three regiments of volunteers, and commanded the Eleventh Illinois Cavalry Volunteers. He fought at Shiloh and Corinth, but was captured by General Nathan B. Forrest's men near Lexington on a cold December day in 1862. After the war he served as Illinois Attorney General. You can read his works online.