How Much Do You Know About The American Civil War

Do you love learning about U.S. History? Is the American Civil War your favorite part? If so, this is the perfect quiz for you. You'll get questions about people in the War, when and where battles were fought, and other interesting aspects.

This Civil War is my passion. I love history, but this is my favorite part by far. I have the date of every battle memorized! I hope others feel the same passion that I do.

Created by: Shana

  1. The Civil War lasted from...
  2. Which were the first three southern states to secede?
  3. Besides slavery, what was a major motivator for the South to form the Confederacy
  4. Robert E. Lee was the best known Confederate leader. Which of these were other Confederate generals?
  5. Ulysses S. Grant was the best known Union leader. Which of these were also Union generals?
  6. Abraham Lincoln was President of the Union. Who was President of the Confederacy?
  7. What day was Abraham Lincoln inaugurated as the 16th President of the United States of America?
  8. Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy, was inaugurated as the provisional President on which date? (He would later be elected to serve a six-year term on November 6th, 1861).
  9. The first shots of the war were fired where?
  10. On what date were those first shots fired, and by whom?
  11. What was the first major battle in the Civil War?
  12. When did that first battle occur?
  13. Who was the winner of that first battle?
  14. In February of 1862, the Union captured two forts within 10 days of each other. What were these forts called?
  15. The first big battle between two ships occurred March 9, 1862. The two ships involved were the USS Monitor and the CSS Virginia. What was this battle called?
  16. The battle of Shiloh was the first major Union victory. It occurred when?
  17. On April 25, 1862, the Union captured what city?
  18. What campaign were the Seven Days Battles part of?
  19. The bloodiest day of the Civil War occurred on September 17th, 1862. What battle was this due to?
  20. What battle took place December 13, 1862? The battle was in Virginia and included the Union crossing the Rappahannock river on pontoon bridges.
  21. The rebel position at this section of fighting during the battle of Fredericksburg was described as "virtually unassailable" and as "a butchery" to Lincoln. More then 2/3 of the Union casualties occurred at this hill, where the Johnny Rebs waited at the top behind a stone wall. What was the name for this place of death and section of battle?
  22. An important document was signed on January 1st, 1862. It was called...
  23. On March 3rd, 1863, what important event occurred that caused poor men to say: "The blood of a poor man is as precious as that of the wealthy"
  24. What important southern lieutenant general died as result of a friendly fire incident during the battle of Chancellorsville, VA?
  25. The bloodiest battle of the war occurred with Robert E. Lee's bold thrust into northern territory. It occurred July 1-3, 1863. What battle was it?
  26. What speech was given by Lincoln, named after a battle, during a function dedicating the battle's cemetery?
  27. In mid July of 1863, major draft riots occurred in...
  28. After the tragedy experienced at Gettysburg, ___________ volunteered to resign as commander. (Fill in the blank)
  29. On September 22 and 23, another one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War occurred. Which battle was it?
  30. Chickamauga was one of the most dramatic battles of the Civil War. It was named after Chickamauga Creek, which fighting took place near. Chickamauga is a Cherokee word. What does it mean?
  31. This Confederate General was forced to resign after his failure to exploit his victory at Chickamauga. Who was he?
  32. The battle of the Wilderness was fought when and where?
  33. What General died May 12, 1864?
  34. While the battle of Cold Harbor was technically fought May 31 - June 12, the heaviest fighting occurred on June 3rd. What was unique about this battle?
  35. September 2nd, 1864 was important for the Union because...
  36. On January 31, 1865, the ____ amendment was passed, banning slavery. (Fill in the blank).
  37. Lee surrendered one what day?
  38. Where did Lee surrender?
  39. Soon after the War ended, President Lincoln was assassinated. Where was he when he was shot?
  40. Who assassinated Lincoln?
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