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American Civil War Battles Quiz

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The assault on what fort was the battle that began the American Civil War?
Fort Alabad
Fort McHenry
Fort McKinley
Fort Sumter

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What Confederate officer led the attack on Fort Sumter on his own authority?
P.G.T. Beauregard
James Longstreet
A. P. Hill
George Pickett

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At what battle in 1862 did General Thomas Jackson capture 12,000 prisoners by sieging a garrison with artillery on its flanks?
The Battle of Halford Garrison
The Battle of West Point
The Battle of Fort Levin
The Battle of Harper's Ferry

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What battle, also known as the First Battles of Manassas, marked one of the first major Confederate victories of the Civil War?
The First Battle of Gadsden Field
The First Battle of Bull Run
The First Battle of Richmond
The First Battle of Shiloh

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What Confederate General earned his nickname of "Stonewall" at the First Battle of Bull Run?
James Longstreet
J. E. B. Stuart
Thomas Jackson
A. P. Hill

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The Battle of Shiloh resulted in a bloody Union victory within what state?
Tennessee
Ohio
Virginia
Mississippi

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The Battle of Shiloh was a notable early victory for what famous Union General?
Ambrose Burnside
George Meade
George B. McClellan
Ulysses S. Grant

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The battle of Shiloh was also notable because it was so violent that historians attach what nickname to one of its formations?
The Hornets' Nest
The Shark Tank
The Viper's Bite
The Tiger Pit

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At the end of 1862, what battle saw the Army of Potomac under Ambrose Burnside suffer a brutal defeat at the hands of the Confederate forces under Robert E. Lee to the point that the Union suffered twice as many casualties as the Confederacy?
American Civil War Battles Quiz
The Battle of Fredericksburg
The Battle of Sharpsburg
The Battle of Little Rock
The Battle of Richmond

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The Battle of Chickamauga was one of the most brutal Union defeats to happen in what state?
Georgia
West Virginia
Florida
Connecticut

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What 1864 battle infamously saw Union forces detonate a hole in Confederate lines only to then charge into that hole to be shot down?
The Battle of the Bomb
The Battle of the Blast
The Battle of the Crater
The Battle of the Pit

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The Battle of what island saw Unions forces flank the Confederates by crossing dense swampland only for the two sides to then capture each others' forts?
The Battle of Honey Island
The Battle of Villefort Island
The Battle of Manhattan Island
The Battle of Roanoke Island

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The Battle of Roanoke Island was a part of the Burnside Expedition which was named for what Union General?
Franklin Burnside
Louis Burnside
Gorton Burnside
Ambrose Burnside

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The Battle of Roanoke Island was one of the first battles to begin what plan by Winfield Scott which sought to encircle and isolate the Confederacy?
The Net Plan
The Anaconda Plan
The Quarantine Plan
The Hangman's Plan

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The Battle of Atlanta was an incredibly significant midway victory during what Civil War campaign?
Sheridan's Raid
Sherman's March
The Mississippi Expedition
The Scott Expedition

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The Battle of Atlanta was politically significant because it helped President Lincoln prove that he had the war under control, and it allowed him to defeat what Democratic presidential nominee in the Election of 1864 who was pushing for a peaceful end to the war?
Herbert Galliday
Winfield Scott Hancock
George Meade
George McClellan

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In 1862, at the Second Battle of what location did Confederate General Longstreet thoroughly drive back the forces of Union General Pope?
Bull Run
Chancellorsville
Fredericksburg
Vicksburg

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What 1862 battle saw Union forces defend their hold on the capital city of Louisiana in a move that crippled the South's ability to move along the Mississippi River?
The Battle of DuBois
The Battle of Violet Palms
The Battle of Baton Rouge
The Battle of New Orleans

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What May 1863 battle is known as "Lee's Perfect Victory" because of how the man managed to divide up his forces and still take on the much larger Union Army that was moving against him?
The Battle of Gettysburg
The Battle of Fredericksburg
The Battle of Chancellorsville
The Battle of Antietam

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What American general led the Army of the Potomac to their tragic defeat at the Battle of Chancellorsville?
Alexander Pope
Thomas Campbell
Joseph Hooker
George Meade

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What Confederate General died from being shot by one of his own sentries immediately following the Battle of Chancellorsville?
Robert E. Lee
Thomas Jackson
James Longstreet
George Pickett

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Which of the following battles is notable for being the setting where the U.S. Navy almost completely destroyed the Confederate naval forces on the Mississippi River?
The First Battle of Memphis
The Second Battle of Baton Rouge
The Battle of Rermont
The Battle of New Orleans

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What battle, also called the Battle of Sharpsburg, saw the Army of the Potomac halt Lee's invasion of Maryland at very heavy costs?
The Battle of Antietam
The Battle of Manassas
Bleeding Kansas
The Battle of Sever's Point

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Ulysses S. Grant's other defining moment in the early war came in 1863 when he managed to capture what city which was the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi?
Vicksburg
Sharpsburg
Fredericksburg
Gettysburg

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What Civil War battle is sometimes called "The Bloodiest Day in American History" because of how it resulted in over 22,000 casualties?
The Battle of Fredericksburg
The Battle of Antietam
The First Battle of Bull Run
The First Battle of Memphis

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What Civil War battle taking place in early July 1863 in Pennsylvania saw the Army of the Potomac rout Confederate forces so thoroughly that this moment would go on to be known as the turning point of the war?
The Battle of Gettysburg
The Battle of Appomattox
The Battle of Chancellorsville
The Second Battle of Bull Run

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What is the name of the location in Gettysburg where Cols. Strong Vincent and Joshua Chamberlain made their famous defense of the Union flank?
Little Round Top Hill
Hayman's Chapel
Ongar Fields
Caplan Brook

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What Confederate General is known for his pyrrhic failed charge against the Union lines at Gettysburg?
P. G. T. Beauregard
Lewis Armistead
A. P. Hill
George Pickett

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What is the name of the battle where the ironclad warships Merrimack and Monitor fought in a stalemate?
The Battle of Little Bend
The Battle of Hampton Roads
The Battle of Garden Pages
The Battle of Little Rock

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What was the battle where Lee's defeat forced him to surrender to Ulysses S. Grant?
The Battle of Montgomery
The Battle of Sarasota
The Battle of Fort Samson
The Battle of Appomattox Court House

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