Only 1 In 50 People Can Pass This Civil War Quiz. Can You?
Who was the president at the start of the Civil War?
- Stephen Douglas
- Abraham Lincoln
- Andrew Johnson
Which state was the first to secede from the Union?
- South Carolina
What was the first battle of the Civil War?
- Battle of Bull Run
- Battle of Wilson's Creek
- Battle of Fort Sumter
How much were Union privates paid for their service during the Civil War?
- $7.00 per month
- $13.00 per month
- $21.00 per month
Which Civil War battle was the bloodiest?
- The Battle of Gettysburg
- The Battle of Shiloh
- The Battle of Vicksburg
The first paper currency was issued in 1862 by the U.S. Congress. What was it called?
- Freedom bills
When was the last man killed during the Civil War?
- July 4, 1876
- September 11, 1867
- May 13, 1865
What play was Abraham Lincoln attending when he was assassinated at Ford's Theater?
- Our American Cousin
- Yankee Doodle Dandy
- The Marble Heart
What did bounty jumpers do in the Civil War?
- Capture AWOL soldiers and return them to their regiments for a bounty
- Enlist and desert the military repeatedly to take advantage of the signup bounty
- Track down runaway slaves and return them to their masters for a bounty
The Confederate States of America had several capitals during the Civil War. Which of these cities served as the capital?
- Montgomery, Alabama, Richmond, Virginia, and Danville, Virginia
- Richmond, Virginia, Jackson, Mississippi, and Montgomery, Alabama
- Arlington, Virginia, Macon, Georgia, and Houston, Texas
Who was the president of the Confederacy?
- Andrew Jackson
- Jefferson Davis
- Nathan Bedford Forrest
How many people were killed during the Civil War?
Where did general Robert E. Lee surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant?
- Appomattox Courthouse
- Ford's Theater
- Gettysburg Cemetery
What city did General William Tecumseh Sherman famously burn down during his march through his March to the Sea?
Which abolitionist launched the raid on Harper's Ferry to encourage slaves to rise up against their masters?
- John Brown
- Harriet Tubman
- Sojourner Truth
How many states originally seceded from the North?
What was the official name of the Confederacy as a country?
- Confederate States of America
- Southern Confederated Union
- Free Confederated States
Which one of the following people was NOT an abolitionist?
- Frederick Douglas
- Stephen Douglas
- Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Battle of the Ironclads was a battle between which of the following?
- The CSS Virginia and the USS Monitor
- General Robert E. Lee and General Ulysses S. Grant
- The USS Constitution and the CSS Huntsville
A group of Southern operatives attempted to burn down New York City at the end of the Civil War. What name did the arsonists use to refer to their group?
- The Confederate Army of Manhattan
- Confederates for a Free New York
- Liberty Lads
What caused the Secret Service to be formed in the United States?
- The assassination of Abraham Lincoln
- Widespread counterfeiting of U.S. currency
- Uncovering Confederate spies in the North
Which state saw the most fighting during the war?
Why were northerners who headed south during Reconstruction called "carpet baggers?"
- They were known to steal carpets and bags filled with Southerners' possessions.
- They carried bags made out of used carpet to carry their belongings.
- They "bagged" the money they made stealing and re-selling items they found in abandoned southern homes, including carpets.
Which future president did NOT serve in the military during the Civil War?
- Benjamin Harrison
- Ulysses S. Grant
- Teddy Roosevelt
The Civil War was the first war to have the press issuing immediate reports for publication. Many photographers were embedded during the war. Which was the first Civil War battle captured by photojournalists?
- Battle of Gettysburg
- Battle of Antietam
- Battle of Poison Spring
What did the Union army do to combat venereal disease among troops during the Civil War?
- Only enlist married soldiers
- Allow government-sanctioned prostitution
- Require all soldiers to take an oath of abstinence
What years was the Civil War fought?
What was one of General Ulysses S. Grant's nicknames during the war?
- The Butcher
- The Equalizer
- The Negotiator
Which person declined an invitation from Abraham Lincoln to attend a play at Ford's Theater on the night the president would be assassinated?
- General William Tecumseh Sherman
- Major General Joseph Hooker
- General Ulysses S. Grant
Which famous poet was a nurse during the Civil War?
- Walt Whitman
- Herman Melville
- Emily Dickinson
Which of the following states remained in the Union despite the fact that it allowed people to own slaves?
In 1860, two states had more slaves in their populations than free people. Which states were they?
- South Carolina and Mississippi
- Alabama and Louisiana
- Tennessee and Georgia
How many months did the civil war last?
To this day, the Confederate flag is given the same protection (from burning and desecration) as the U.S. flag in which five U.S. States?
- Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina and Georgia
- Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Missouri
- Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama
Who became president after Lincoln was assassinated?
- James K. Polk
- William Henry Harrison
- Andrew Johnson
What was the main cause of the Civil War?
- Individual rights
- Manifest Destiny
General Robert E. Lee's house is now a part of what national landmark?
- Yellowstone National Park
- The Washington Mall
- Arlington Cemetery
The Civil War essentially started and ended in which of the following locations?
- Wilmer McLean's farm
- Abraham Lincoln's summer home
- Stonewall Jackson's family mill
How did Stonewall Jackson get his nickname?
- He stood like a stone wall in the face of Union troops at the First Battle of Bull Run.
- He was known to "stonewall" anyone looking to borrow supplies from his men.
- He never changed his facial expressions, leaving him looking still as a stone wall.
President Lincoln was elected November6, 1860. How soon after did South Carolina secede from the Union?
- November 7, 1860
- December 20, 1860
- January 20, 1861
In August 1864, President Lincoln narrowly missed being assassinated. What did the sniper hit instead of the president?
- The president's stovepipe hat
- The president's tent
- The president's horse
Which constitutional amendment freed the slaves?
- 13th amendment
- 7th amendment
- 18th amendment
In 1863, Congress passed the conscription act, which allowed for the first wartime draft of citizens in United States history. The act allowed for several exemptions from service. Which of the following was NOT an exemption from serving for the Union in the Civil War?
- Men could purchase an exemption for $300
- Men could find someone to serve in their place
- Men could give the government 20 bushels of apples for an exemption
Which Northern city rioted as a result of the Civil War draft?
- New York, New York
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Hartford, Connecticut
Which disease caused the highest number of deaths in soldiers during the Civil War?
- Typhoid Fever
Which famous outlaw from the Wild West was originally a guerilla soldier for the Confederacy?
- Wild Bill Hickok
- Calamity Jane
- Jesse James
How old was the average soldier in the Union Army?
Which of the following was NOT a battle fought during the Civil War?
- Battle of Roanoke Island
- Siege of Vicksburg
- Battle of the Bulge
What did the U.S. Confiscation Act of 1862 allow people to do?
- It allowed slaves whose owners were rebelling against the United States to be freed and fight for the North
- It allowed Union troops to confiscate any livestock found during a raid on Southern plantations
- It allowed Union generals to confiscate the weapons of any soldier attempting to run away during battle
What was the Union Blockade?
- A wall of soldiers preventing anyone from the North to cross the Mason-Dixon line.
- A strategy to prevent the Confederacy from trading with foreign governments for supplies.
- The destruction of railroad tracks to cut off supply lines to the South.
What was the name of the Confederat e submarine used to sink the USS Housatonic?
- H.L. Hunley
- CSS Monitor
- CSS Uncle Ben
Despite being most closely associated with the Confederacy, the Confederate Flag was not the national flag of the new country. How many different national flags did it have?
Approximately how many African-American soldiers fought for the Union?
Soldiers from which state were referred to as "Tar Heels?"
- South Carolina
- North Carolina
Stonewall Jackson was shot after the Battle of Chancellorsville. Who was the person who shot him?
- General Ulysses S. Grant
- A civilian walking upon Jackson's campsite
- One of his own men
George Armstrong Custer served the Union during the Civil War, long before his infamous last stand. He was known for his eccentric personal style. Which of the following fashion choices did he prefer?
- Wearing his hair in cinnamon-scented ringlets
- Donning a hoop skirt after each successful battle
- Wearing cowboy boots and a silver lasso
In what year was Ulysses S. Grant elected president?
What did Sherman call his war strategy against the Confederacy?
- Hard war
- Breaking the line
Which democrat did Abraham Lincoln win against in his bid for reelection?
- George McClellan
- Franklin Pierce
- Jefferson Davis
What party was Abraham Lincoln associated with in the 1864 election?
- Democratic Party
- Republican Party
- National Union Party
Which of the following did Union soldiers typically eat while in the field?
- Spam and hard bread
- Salted meat and hard tack
- Oatmeal and tea
When Georgia's state militia needed weapons and guns were in short supply, what did he recommend arming the militia with?
- Throwing swords
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Civil War Trivia
The war resolved two fundamental questions left unresolved by the revolution: whether the United States was to be a dissolvable confederation of sovereign states or an indivisible nation with a sovereign national government; and whether this nation, born of a declaration that all men were created with an equal right to liberty, would continue to exist as the largest slaveholding country in the world.