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American Civil War Quiz

Quiz I

  1. Which politician served as the President of the Confederate States from 1861 to 1865?
  2. The bombardment of which sea fort in South Carolina by the Confederate States Army started the American Civil War?
  3. Which battle of July 1863 involved the greatest number of casualties and is often described as the American Civil War's turning point? And in which state was this battle fought?
  4. Confederate general Thomas J. Jackson earned which nickname for resisting Union attacks?
  5. Which was the first state to secede from the Union? And how many Southern states secede from the Union between December 20, 1860 and June 8, 1861?

  6. Where do we hear the now-iconic line 'Four score and seven years ago'? And what does this line refer to?
  7. What was the Hunley?
  8. Also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, which battle is the bloodiest single-day battle in American history?
  9. Facial hair grown on the sides of the face now get their name from an American Civil War general, can you name him?
  10. Which battle thought on May 12 and 13 is generally recognized as the last battle of the American Civil War? And in which state was this battle fought?
  11. What would you now find on the site of Confederate general Robert E. Lee's confiscated family estate - it was partly built to ensure that Lee would not be able to return to his home?
  12. What job did poet Walt Whitman volunteer to do during the war?


  1. Jefferson Davis
  2. Fort Sumter
  3. Battle of Gettysburg. Pennsylvania.
  4. Stonewall
  5. South Carolina (on December 20, 1860). Eleven.
  6. Opening line of the Gettysburg Address. It refers to the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776.
  7. A submarine (the first submarine to ever sink an enemy ship)
  8. Battle of Antietam (with a total of 22,717 dead, wounded, or missing)
  9. Ambrose Burnside (and the term is sideburns)
  10. The Battle of Palmito Ranch (also known as the Battle of Palmito Hill). Texas. (note: ironically, the final skirmish was a Confederate victory.)
  11. Arlington National Cemetery
  12. He was a volunteer nurse for the Union

Civil War Quiz II

  1. Sometimes called Longstreet's assault, give the better known name for the disastrous infantry assault ordered by Confederate General Robert E. Lee on the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg?
  2. What was an ironclad?
  3. Who was promoted to lieutenant general of the Union army in 1864 and three years later became president of the United States?
  4. Which words first appeared on Union coins in 1864, partly to declare that God was on the Union side of the Civil War?
  5. Which city was the capital of the Confederate States of America?
  6. The majority of the fighting took place in which two states?
  7. On January 31, 1865, who was promoted to general-in-chief of the Confederacy forces?
  8. What term from the American Civil War was used for Confederate prisoners of war who changed allegiance and joined the Union Army: (a)Galvanized Yankees, (b)Turncoat Yankees, or (c)Spur Yankees?
  9. Name the largest city in the Southern states during the American Civil War?
  10. Which Union general received criticism for his 'scorched earth' policy against the Confederate States?
  11. Can you name the final engagement of general Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia before it surrendered (effectively ending the war)?
  12. What name was often used to describe the Northerners who moved to the South seeking opportunities during Reconstruction?
  13. Can you name the actor who shot Abraham Lincoln? Also name the theatre and the play the president was attending? Finally, the day was a holiday day, which holiday?
  14. Who became president on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln?


  1. Pickett's Charge
  2. A warship (a steam-propelled warship protected with ateel or iron armour)
  3. Ulysses S. Grant

  4. In God We Trust
  5. Richmond
  6. Virginia and Tennessee
  7. Robert E. Lee
  8. Galvanised Yankees (Henry Stanley who later went to Africa to find Dr. Livingstone is the most famous 'galvanised yankee')
  9. New Orleans (the capture of New Orleans in May 1862 was a major turning point of the war)
  10. William Sherman
  11. The Battle of Appomattox Court House (April 9, 1865)
  12. Carpetbaggers
  13. John Wilkes Booth. Ford's Theatre, Washington D.C. Our American Cousin. Good Friday.
  14. Andrew Johnson

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