What’s Your Civil War IQ?
The American Civil War was one of the most ideologically complicated and bloody struggles in United States history and it was integral to building the foundations of institutions, policies, and laws that we take for granted today. How much do you think you know about it? Will you do Abe proud? Take our quiz and find out!
Fittingly, the Civil War began when Confederate artillery erupted against Fort Sumpter, a sea fort located in Charleston Harbor. After all, this was the first state to secede from the Union:
- South Carolina
Seven score and 12 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a stirring address at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery on the site of this bloody Pennsylvania battleground.
In November 1864 this Union general set out from Atlanta on his storied March to the Sea culminating in the capture of the port of Savannah on December 21.
- Phil Sheridan
- Joe Hooker
- William Tecumseh Sherman
- George Meade
Although it did not apply to the Union border states, this 1863 proclamation issued by Lincoln under the War Powers Act effectively ended legal slavery in the United States.
- The Nullification Proclamation
- The Abolition Act
- The Glass-Steagal Act
- The Emancipation Proclamation
Taking place in Virginia, this first major battle of the Civil War resulted in a rout of Union forces by the Confederacy and earned General Thomas J. Jackson his famous nickname, “Stonewall”.
- The Battle of Bull Run
- The Battle of Anzio
- The Battle of Algiers
- The Battle of the Sexes
You won’t get fifty bucks for the correct answer, but this general and future President was promoted to Commanding General of the United States after the 1864 Union victory at Chattanooga, TN.
- George McClellean
- Omar Bradley
- Ulysses S. Grant
- Douglas MacArthur
This National Cemetery and home of The Tomb of the Unknowns was established by Lincoln on a Northern Virginia estate owned by the family of Mary Custis Lee, wife of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
- Shady Oaks
In a clash that would make Tony Stark proud, the 1862 naval battle between the Union’s “Monitor” and the Confederacy’s “Merrimack” ended in a draw and marked the first combat between what types of ships?
In 1863-4 Confederate guerrilla fighters under Bloody Bill Anderson were joined by these brothers who would later become notorious outlaws and bank robbers.
- Ronald and Reginald Kray
- The Jonas Brothers
- Rudolph and Ronald Isley
- Frank and Jesse James
Only five days after the Confederate surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, VA, Abraham Lincoln was assassinated while watching a play at Ford’s Theater by this man who shouted “Sic semper tyrannis” (“Thus always to tyrants") after the deed.
- Marc David Chapman
- John Wilkes Booth
- James Earl Ray
- Billy Ray Cyrus