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?
Where were the first shots of the war fired?
In what year was the Battle of Antietam fought?
What other battle was going on while the Battle of Gettysburg was being fought in Pennsylvania?
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?
About how many American soldiers lost their lives in the Civil War?
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?
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
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
either method would work
What percentage of the Union Army was African-American?
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?
There was no clear winner.
The Civil War killed more Americans than WWI, WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War combined.
Which of these claimed the most lives during the Civil War?
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?
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?
Where did General Lee surrender to General Grant, finally ending the bloody battle?
Which side relied on hot air balloons for reconnaissance missions during the Civil War?
Which side used submarines during battle in the Civil War?
How many formerly enslaved people were freed thanks to the Civil War?