American Civil War Trivia QuizHistory Trivia Questions - Printable
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Who was the president of the United States during the American
a. Hannibal Hamlin
b. Abraham Lincoln
c. James Buchanan
d. Andrew Johnson
Abraham Lincoln - Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States.
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
34.4 million - The civil war was the deadliest war in American history.
Before the Civil War, the "Federal Army" consisted of how many
a. Approx. 50,000
b. Approx. 30,000
c. Approx. 16,000
d. Approx. 22,000
Approx. 16,000 - When the war began, many Southern officers resigned and joined the Confederate States
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
Fort Sumter - Fort Sumter was named after General Thomas Sumter, a Revolutionary War hero.
What battle during the civil war had the largest number of
a. Battle of Bull Run
b. Battle of Williamsburg
c. Battle of Antietam
d. Battle of Gettysburg
Battle of Gettysburg - Casualties in the three-day battle were approximately 50,000.
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
July 1-3, 1863 - Most historians agree that the battle was the war's turning point.
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
Joseph E. Johnston - Joseph was the senior Confederate commander at the First Battle of Bull Run in
What was the name given to the rations eaten by U.S. troops
during the Civil War?
b. Union Treat
d. Sweet Bread
Hardtack - Hardtack was made from flour and water, and sometimes contained a little salt.
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
Bentonville, North Carolina - Considered one of best-known first-hand accounts of the Civil War, Sherman
published his Memoirs in 1875.
Which states' men were dubbed "Tar Heels" during the Civil War?
b. North Carolina
d. South Carolina
North Carolina - The exact history of the term is unknown.
Who commanded the Union Sixth Corps after John Sedgwick was
a. Ulysses S. Grant
b. Stonewall Jackson
c. Horatio Wright
d. Ambrose Burnside
Horatio Wright - Just seconds after exclaiming 'They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance',
Sedgwick was shot dead by a Confederate sharpshooter.
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
November 1, 1861 - Most historians consider McClellan a poor battlefield general.
In what state did the "Battle of Pea Ridge" take place?
Arkansas - Battle of Pea Ridge was a land battle fought on March 6–8.
Which state capital was the last that William T. Sherman took
a. Columbia, South Carolina
b. Nashville, Tennessee
c. Raleigh, North Carolina
d. Atlanta, Georgia
Raleigh, North Carolina - Sherman accepted the surrender of all Confederate armies located in the
Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida in April of 1865.
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
September 17, 1862 - Over 23,000 were killed, wounded or captured.
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
Of infectious diseases - Of the estimated 260,000 total dead, 72,524 were killed in battle.
At what battle was General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson mortally
a. Little Bighorn
d. Stones River
Chancellorsville - Shot accidently by his own men, Jackson died of complications from pneumonia eight
days after the battle on May 10, 1863.
What color were the neckerchiefs worn by the Michigan forces
commanded by George Custer during the civil war?
Red - Custer was present at General Robert E. Lee's surrender.
What was Robert E. Lee's nickname?
a. Marble Man
b. Air Lee
c. King of Spades
d. Marse Robert
Marble Man - A large number of statues were built in his honor across the south after the Civil War.
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
July 1861 - McClellan was the Governor of New Jersey from January 15, 1878 - January 18, 1881.
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
John Bell Hood - After the war, Hood moved to Louisiana and became a cotton broker.
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
April 9, 1865 - President Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth five days later.
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