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American Civil War Generals Quiz

The American Civil War Generals Quiz.

After it became clear the divide between northern and southern American states would lead to war, many officers of the American armed forces faced a very difficult decision. Particularly, for many southern commanders, they faced the difficult decision of siding with their nation or with their homes.

For the northerners, the concern entering the war rested in how they would have to fight against lifelong friends and comrades on the opposite side of the battlefield. Tensions were exhaustive. Nevertheless, officers on both sides of the conflict distinguished themselves through tactical prowess which has shaped legends. The bloodiest conflict in American history was lorded over by these reluctant commanders each fighting for their vision of the future of the United States of America. That bloodiness didn’t stop at soldier casualties. Many of the prominent commanding officers pushing their troops onward also became casualties on the field of battle.

In the span of the grisly war, heroes rose to prominence fighting for both factions. Many of them became historical legends of the American armed forces. Many more have devised strategies and tactics which modern commanders still study. By learning from these men, we also remember the tragedy of war in how human its participants were regardless of their allegiances. Each one of these figures was not only a soldier, but also a real-world person with unique aspirations.

This quiz seeks to celebrate the accomplishments of some of these legendary titans who managed to blaze a path to glory. How much do you know about the legendary leaders of the Confederacy and the Union armies? Take our American Civil War Generals Quiz to find out.

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What is the name of the general who commanded the whole Army of the Confederate States of America?
J. E. B. Stuart
Robert E. Lee
A. P. Hill
James Longstreet

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Many of the major generals of the American Civil War such as Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, and Thomas Jackson, were graduates of what prestigious military academy?
Washington Academy
West Point
Rolling Ridge
Georgetown

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The Seven Days Battle in 1862 saw Robert E. Lee repel the invading forces of what Union general despite the heavy losses on both sides?
George McClellan
Ambrose Burnside
Winfield Scott Hancock
Joseph Hooker

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J. L. Chamberlain was one of the Union's most proficient commanders throughout the Civil War. What hill did his men successfully defend on the second day of Gettysburg which allowed the Union to repel Confederate forces?
Little Round Top
Little Big Horn
Little Cemetery Hill
Little Riverside

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What is the name of this Confederate general who distinguished himself serving under Jackson and later Lee and who was killed at the Third Battle of Petersburg?
A. P. Hill
J. B. Hood
P. G. T. Beauregard
J. E. B. Stuart

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What Union general's victory at the Battle of Chattanooga distinguished him enough that President Lincoln put him in command of the Union Army?
J. L. Chamberlain
John Reynolds
Ambrose Burnside
Ulysses S. Grant

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General Joseph Hooker was in charge of the Army of the Potomac briefly until he lost to Lee at what 1863 battle?
The Battle of Vicksburg
The Battle of Shiloh
The First Battle of Bull Run
The Battle of Chancellorsville

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The main reason Robert E. Lee joined the Confederacy was to fight for which state which was his home?
Virginia
Georgia
South Carolina
Alabama

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What is the name of this Confederate general who led a disastrous namesake charge against Union lines on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg?
P. G. T. Beauregard
A. P. Hill
George Pickett
James Longstreet

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What is the name of the Union general who initiated scorched-earth tactics against Confederate territory in the Shenandoah Valley?
George Meade
Ulysses S. Grant
William T. Sherman
Philip Sheridan

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What Confederate general scored an early victory for his faction at the First Battle of Bull Run in spite of his soldiers' inexperience?
Robert E. Lee
P. G. T. Beauregard
A. P. Hill
James Longstreet

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What is the name of this Union general infamous for blundering both the First and Second Battles of Bull Run?
Philip Sheridan
John Buford
Winfield Scott Hancock
Irvin McDowell

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What legendary general was in charge of the Union Army at the very start of the conflict until he retired at the end of 1861?
Ulysses S. Grant
Zachary Taylor
Andrew Jackson
Winfield Scott

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General George Pickett served directly under what legendary Confederate general in the Army of Northern Virginia?
Lewis Armisted
George Custer
James Longstreet
J. E. B. Stuart

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What Union general famed for his organizational skill was in General-in-Chief of the Union Army from 1861 to 1862?
George McClellan
John Buford
Ambrose Burnside
George Meade

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What is the name of this Confederate general who served under Robert E. Lee and was nicknamed the "Old War Horse" because of his reliability?
George Pickett
James Longstreet
Peter Ollers
Jed Clancy

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What is the name of this general of the Union Army who distinguished himself throughout the early war up until his death at the hands of a sniper on the first day of Gettysburg?
Charles Schilling
Winfield Scott Hancock
John Reynolds
T. L. Baker

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General Thomas Jackson of the Confederacy bore what nickname because of his stalwart defense?
"Rook"
"Stonewall"
"Old Ironsides"
"Bully"

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Confederate general Thomas Jackson died in 1863 as a result of wounds sustained how?
Friendly fire
A munitions accident
Falling off his horse drunkenly
Getting hit by a locomotive

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What is the name of this Union general who was an accomplished naturalist until he was mortally wounded at the Battle of Frayser's Farm?
Hubert Chambers
Samuel Polk
Robert Worth
George McCall

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What is the name of this Union general infamous for his total war campaign burning through Confederate territory in Georgia in an act called "The March to the Sea"?
Winfield Scott
Anthony Bell
William T. Sherman
J. E. B. Stuart

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Ulysses S. Grant heavily distinguished himself in the Union Army when he and his men created the defensive line called "The Hornet's Nest" to rout the Confederates at what Civil War battle?
The Battle of Fredericksburg
The Battle of Chancellorsville
The Battle of Shiloh
The Battle of Vicksburg

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What is the name of this Union general perhaps best known for reaching the town of Gettysburg before any others giving his men a chance to fortify and defend Confederate invasions throughout the first day of the battle?
Timothy Perry
John Buford
J. B. Hood
Titus Matthews

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What is the name of this Confederate general nicknamed "Lothario" whose men reached the furthest point in Pickett's Charge even though he himself was mortally wounded in the assault?
P. G. T. Beauregard
Jubal Early
A. P. Hill
Lewis Armisted

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What is the name of this Union general called "Lightning Bolt of the Potomac" for his tactical insight and who also ran for President of the U.S.A. in 1880?
American Civil War Generals Quiz
Winfield Scott Hancock
J. L. Chamberlain
George McClellan
Joseph Hooker

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What is the name of this flamboyant Confederate cavalry commander who infamously arrived late to Gettysburg and who was fatally wounded at the Battle of Yellow Tavern in 1864?
Robert E. Lee
Jubal Early
James Longstreet
J. E. B. Stuart

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What is the name of this Confederate general and lawyer who served under Thomas Jackson and then combated General Sheridan in the Shenandoah Campaign?
Jubal Early
James Longstreet
John Buford
Harrison Howler

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What Union general took command of the Army of the Potomac starting June 28th, 1863 and would command it until the war's end?
Joseph Hooker
George Meade
Ambrose Burnside
Philip Sheridan

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What is the name of the Union general infamous for his blunders at the Battle of Fredericksburg and the Battle of the Crater?
Ambrose Burnside
Philip Sheridan
Ulysses S. Grant
Jubal Early

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At what location in 1865 did Robert E. Lee surrender to General Ulysses S. Grant?
Fredericksburg
Vicksburg
Chancellorsville
Appomattox Courthouse

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