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Who Said It? Famous Quotes From the Civil War Quiz
by Staff
The brutal and lengthy Civil War inspired generals, authors, and presidents to say some memorable lines. Can you tell which historical figure said each quote about the conflict? Take this quiz to find out.

What year did the Civil War begin?

  • 1860
  • 1861
  • 1862

Which Confederate leader wrote, "A Union that can only be maintained by swords and bayonets, and in which strife and civil war are to take the place of brotherly love and kindness, has no charm for me"?

  • Jefferson Davis
  • Stonewall Jackson
  • Robert E. Lee

Who was the president of the Confederate States of America?

  • Jefferson Davis
  • J. E. B. Stuart
  • Nathan Bedford Forrest

Which Union leader said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand"?

  • George McClellan
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Abraham Lincoln

True or false: Jefferson Davis was a U.S. senator from Mississippi at the time the state seceded from the Union.

  • true
  • false

Which Union general said, "The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving on"?

  • George Custer
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • Philip Sheridan

Which Confederate spy said, "If it is a crime to love the South, its cause and its president, then I am a criminal"?

  • Belle Boyd
  • William Norris
  • Rose O'Neal Greenhow

Which Abraham Lincoln speech begins with the words "four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation"?

  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • Gettysburg Address
  • First Inaugural Address

Which Southern state was the first to secede?

  • Georgia
  • Arkansas
  • South Carolina

Which Confederate general said, "The Army of Northern Virginia was never defeated. It merely wore itself out whipping the enemy"?

  • Braxton Bragg
  • P. G. T. Beauregard
  • Jubal Early

How many states seceded from the Union at the start of the Civil War?

  • 11
  • nine
  • seven

Which Confederate leader said, "If I cared for my life, I would have lost it long ago; wanting to lose it, I cannot throw it away"?

  • George Pickett
  • William T. Anderson
  • John Mosby

Which 19th century author said, "Our Civil War was a blot on our history, but not as great a blot as the buying and selling of Negro souls"?

  • Mark Twain
  • Stephen Crane
  • Frederick Douglass

Which general of the Confederacy said, "War means fighting, and fighting means killing"?

  • Stonewall Jackson
  • Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • J. E. B. Stuart

Which Union general said, "My plans are perfect, and when I start to carry them out, may God have mercy on Bobby Lee, for I shall have none"?

  • Joshua Chamberlain
  • William Tecumseh Sherman
  • Joseph Hooker

True or false: Not including the 11 secessionist states, the Union consisted of 39 states during the Civil War.

  • true
  • false

Which Union commander of the Western Theater said, "War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over"?

  • William Tecumseh Sherman
  • Ulysses S. Grant
  • George Custer

Which Confederate general said, "It is well that war is so terrible, or we would grow too fond of it"?

  • Stonewall Jackson
  • Robert E. Lee
  • James Longstreet

"Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees," were the last words of which Confederate general?

  • Stonewall Jackson
  • Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • George Pickett

Which Union general said, "If I owned Texas and hell, I'd rent out Texas and live in hell"?

  • George Meade
  • Ambrose Burnside
  • Philip Sheridan

What was the leading cause of death during the American Civil War?

  • gunshot
  • disease
  • suicide

Which Confederate leader said, "I love the Union and the Constitution, but I would rather leave the Union with the Constitution than remain in the Union without it"?

  • Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • Robert E. Lee
  • Jefferson Davis

Which American author said, "Civil war was not a mere strife for territory and dominion, but a contest of civilization against barbarism"?

  • Frederick Douglass
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Mark Twain

Which abolitionist wrote, "I am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done"?

  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  • John Brown
  • Henry Ward Beecher

Which Constitutional amendment formally abolished slavery in the U.S.?

  • 13th Amendment
  • 15th Amendment
  • 17th Amendment

Which American writer said of the Civil War, "We are not one people. We are two peoples. We are a people for freedom and a people for slavery. Between the two, conflict is inevitable"?

  • Walt Whitman
  • George William Curtis
  • John Esten Cooke

Which Civil War era politician said, "War at best is terrible, and this one of ours, in its magnitude and in its duration, is one of the most terrible"?

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Andrew Johnson

Which Confederate sympathizer said, "<i>Sic semper tyrannis</i>! The South is avenged"?

  • John Surratt
  • Aaron Burr
  • John Wilkes Booth

True or false: More Americans died in the Civil War than in World War II.

  • true
  • false

When did the American Civil War end?

  • 1864
  • 1865
  • 1866