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Abraham Lincoln - Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States.Who was the president of the United States during the American civil war?

a. Hannibal Hamlin
b. Abraham Lincoln
c. James Buchanan
d. Andrew Johnson


34.4 million - The civil war was the deadliest war in American history.At the beginning of the Civil War, what was the approximate population of the United States?

a. 40.2 million
b. 50.5 million
c. 34.4 million
d. 15.3 million


Approx. 16,000 - When the war began, many Southern officers resigned and joined the Confederate States Army.Before the Civil War, the "Federal Army" consisted of how many troops?

a. Approx. 50,000
b. Approx. 30,000
c. Approx. 16,000
d. Approx. 22,000


Fort Sumter - Fort Sumter was named after General Thomas Sumter, a Revolutionary War hero.The war began on April 12, 1861, when Confederate forces fired upon what fort that was held by Union troops in South Carolina?

a. Fort Adams
b. Fort Sumter
c. Fort Mohave
d. Fort Bunker Hill


Battle of Gettysburg - Casualties in the three-day battle were approximately 50,000.What battle during the civil war had the largest number of casualties?

a. Battle of Bull Run
b. Battle of Williamsburg
c. Battle of Antietam
d. Battle of Gettysburg


July 1-3, 1863 - Most historians agree that the battle was the war's turning point.The battle of Gettysburg occurred in which year?

a. July 1-3, 1864
b. July 1-3, 1863
c. July 1-3, 1861
d. July 1-3, 1862


Joseph E. Johnston - Joseph was the senior Confederate commander at the First Battle of Bull Run in 1861.Who commanded the Confederate Army in Virginia immediately before Robert E. Lee?

a. Braxton Bragg
b. Stonewall Jackson
c. James Goff
d. Joseph E. Johnston


Hardtack - Hardtack was made from flour and water, and sometimes contained a little salt.What was the name given to the rations eaten by U.S. troops during the Civil War?

a. MRE
b. Union Treat
c. Hardtack
d. Sweet Bread


Bentonville, North Carolina - Considered one of best-known first-hand accounts of the Civil War, Sherman published his Memoirs in 1875.Where did the last engagement between Gen. Joseph Johnston's Army and Gen. William T. Sherman's Army take place?

a. Bentonville, North Carolina
b. Raleigh, North Carolina
c. Charleston, South Carolina
d. Columbia, South Carolina


North Carolina - The exact history of the term is unknown.Which states' men were dubbed "Tar Heels" during the Civil War?

a. Mississippi
b. North Carolina
c. Florida
d. South Carolina


Horatio Wright - Just seconds after exclaiming 'They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance', Sedgwick was shot dead by a Confederate sharpshooter.Who commanded the Union Sixth Corps after John Sedgwick was mortally wounded?

a. Ulysses S. Grant
b. Stonewall Jackson
c. Horatio Wright
d. Ambrose Burnside


November 1, 1861 - Most historians consider McClellan a poor battlefield general.When was General George B. McClellan made General-in-Chief of the Union armies?

a. November 1, 1862
b. November 1, 1860
c. November 1, 1863
d. November 1, 1861


Arkansas - Battle of Pea Ridge was a land battle fought on March 6–8.In what state did the "Battle of Pea Ridge" take place?

a. Virginia
b. Georgia
c. Arkansas
d. Tennessee


Raleigh, North Carolina - Sherman accepted the surrender of all Confederate armies located in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida in April of 1865.Which state capital was the last that William T. Sherman took over?

a. Columbia, South Carolina
b. Nashville, Tennessee
c. Raleigh, North Carolina
d. Atlanta, Georgia


September 17, 1862 - Over 23,000 were killed, wounded or captured.Union forces hurled back a Confederate invasion of Maryland in the Battle of Antietam. When did it happen?

a. September 17, 1863
b. September 17, 1861
c. September 17, 1860
d. September 17, 1862


Of infectious diseases - Of the estimated 260,000 total dead, 72,524 were killed in battle.How did most of the Union soldiers die during the civil war?

a. In battle
b. Of wounds, in hospitals
c. Of starvation
d. Of infectious diseases


Chancellorsville - Shot accidently by his own men, Jackson died of complications from pneumonia eight days after the battle on May 10, 1863.At what battle was General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson mortally wounded?

a. Little Bighorn
b. Chancellorsville
c. Gettysburg
d. Stones River


Red - Custer was present at General Robert E. Lee's surrender.What color were the neckerchiefs worn by the Michigan forces commanded by George Custer during the civil war?

a. White
b. Green
c. Blue
d. Red


Marble Man - A large number of statues were built in his honor across the south after the Civil War.What was Robert E. Lee's nickname?

a. Marble Man
b. Air Lee
c. King of Spades
d. Marse Robert


July 1861 - McClellan was the Governor of New Jersey from January 15, 1878 - January 18, 1881.When was Union General George B. McClellan put in command of the Army of the Potomac?

a. July 1860
b. July 1862
c. July 1859
d. July 1861


John Bell Hood - After the war, Hood moved to Louisiana and became a cotton broker.Which Confederate general directly opposed Joshua Chamberlain in the fight for Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg?

a. John Bell Hood
b. Richard Ewell
c. D.H. Hill
d. A.P. Hill


April 9, 1865 - President Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth five days later.On what date did General Lee surrender his forces to the Union?

a. April 9, 1865
b. February 9, 1865
c. March 29, 1865
d. May 1, 1865




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