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A Nation Divided: Civil War Quiz
by Staff
Although it ended more than a century ago, the scars of the Civil War are still with Americans today. Think you know more than the average Billy Yank or Johnny Reb about the blood and politics behind the war? Find out by taking our Civil War quiz.

How many states eventually ended up seceding from the Union?

  • seven
  • nine
  • eleven

Where were the first shots of the war fired?

  • Fort Scott
  • Fort Harrison
  • Fort Sumter

In what year was the Battle of Antietam fought?

  • 1861
  • 1862
  • 1863

What other battle was going on while the Battle of Gettysburg was being fought in Pennsylvania?

  • Cedar Creek
  • Shiloh
  • Vicksburg

What did Lincoln call his "greatest and most enduring contribution to the history of the war"?

  • the Emancipation Proclamation
  • the Gettysburg Address
  • appointing Ulysses S. Grant to commander of Union Forces

Which of the following was NOT a cause of the Civil War?

  • disagreement over slavery
  • disagreement over states' rights
  • disagreement over the electoral college process

What brought the Confederate Army troops to Gettysburg, Penn. for the decisive battle?

  • They heard that Union troops were stationed there.
  • The roads went through there.
  • They needed shoes.

What were the names of the two ironclad ships that battled it out during the Civil War at the Battle of Hampton Roads?

  • Merrimack and Minotaur
  • Minotaur and Maverick
  • Merrimack and Monitor

How many days after Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox was Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed?

  • five
  • 15
  • 25

About how many American soldiers lost their lives in the Civil War?

  • 6,000
  • 60,000
  • 600,000

Which of the following is NOT another name for the American Civil War?

  • War of the Rebellion
  • War of the People
  • War Between the States

What was the South's view of slavery during the Civil War?

  • Slavery was necessary to its economy.
  • Slavery was constitutionally protected.
  • both of the above

What city was chosen as the confederate capital in 1861?

  • Richmond, Va.
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Corinth, Miss.

What popular battle was also called the Battle of Manassas?

  • Battle of Gettysburg
  • Battle of Bull Run
  • Battle of Shiloh

How many versions of the Gettysburg address are there?

  • at least two
  • at least five
  • around 10

Which battle was the bloodiest of the Civil War?

  • Battle of Antietam
  • Battle of Chickamauga
  • Battle of Gettysburg

Which of the following allowed a male citizen aged 20 to 45 exemption from the draft?

  • providing a substitute
  • paying $300
  • either method would work

What percentage of the Union Army was African-American?

  • 30 percent
  • 2 percent
  • 10 percent

Why are there often two names for the same battle?

  • The media named them differently from the armies.
  • The Union and the Confederacy named them differently.
  • Both answers are correct.

Who won the American Civil War?

  • the South
  • the North
  • There was no clear winner.

The Civil War killed more Americans than WWI, WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined.

  • True
  • False

Which of these claimed the most lives during the Civil War?

  • guns
  • cannon fire
  • disease

What did Lincoln suggest doing to African-Americans when the war started?

  • freeing them and granting them equal rights
  • keeping them as slaves
  • sending them out of the country

Who became president once Lincoln was assassinated?

  • Grant
  • Johnson
  • Davis

What happened to John Wilkes Booth after he assassinated President Lincoln?

  • he was imprisoned for many years
  • he was killed by Union troops
  • no one knows for sure

Which 1865 Constitutional amendment abolished slavery?

  • 11th
  • 12th
  • 13th

Where did General Lee surrender to General Grant, finally ending the bloody battle?

  • New York
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

Which side relied on hot air balloons for reconnaissance missions during the Civil War?

  • North
  • South
  • both sides

Which side used submarines during battle in the Civil War?

  • North
  • South
  • both

How many formerly enslaved people were freed thanks to the Civil War?

  • 400,000
  • 4,000,000
  • 40,000,000