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The Famous Civil War Battles Quiz
by Staff
The American Civil War pitted family against family and led to some of the most famous armed conflicts in the history of the world. How much do you know about battles of this civil war?

How many casualties occurred at the Battle of Fort Sumter, the first battle of the war?

  • zero
  • 11
  • 28

During which battle did Thomas Jonathan Jackson earn his famous nickname?

  • Battle of Ball's Bluff
  • Battle of Phillipi
  • First Battle of Bull Run

Why did the Confederacy adopt a new battle flag after the First Battle of Bull Run?

  • All of their flags were accidentally set on fire during the battle
  • They had a hard time identifying the old one from afar.
  • They decided that their flag was ugly.

Which battle is sometimes referred to as the "Bull Run of the West?"

  • Battle of Cheat Mountain
  • Battle of Wilson's Creek
  • Battle of Dry Wood Creek

At which battle did a black unit famously fight off a Confederate attack?

  • Battle of Plains Store
  • Battle of Salem Church
  • Battle of Milliken's Bend

In which state did the Battle of Gettysburg take place?

  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia

Before which battle did Union troops find a detailed Confederate battle plan tucked in a box of cigars?

  • Battle of Prairie Grove
  • Battle of Antietam
  • Second Battle of Corinth

Which Union commander led Union troops at the Battle of Gettysburg?

  • Joseph Hooker
  • Ulysses Grant
  • George Meade

About how many military engagements were there during the war?

  • 5,000
  • 8,000
  • 12,000

After which battle did Ulysses S. Grant become a major general for his important victory?

  • Battle of Round Mountain
  • Battle of Fort Donelson
  • Battle of Mill Springs

How many men did the Confederates lose at the Battle of Fort Donelson?

  • 12,000
  • 4,000
  • 1,200

In which body of water did the Battle of Island Number Ten take place?

  • Potomac River
  • Missouri River
  • Mississippi River

In total, about how many soldiers fought in the Battle of Gettysburg?

  • 180,000
  • 60,000
  • 45,000

At which battle did the Confederacy lose its last large army?

  • Battle of Atlanta
  • Battle of Gettysburg
  • Battle of Appomattox Courthouse

Why is The Battle of Hampton Roads so famous?

  • It nearly turned the tide of the war in favor the South.
  • It featured a clash of new naval technologies.
  • It was the first battle in which the Union used repeating rifles.

How many total casualties were there at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House?

  • 13
  • 10,000
  • 32,000

How many casualties did the Confederates suffer during the Battle of Gettysburg?

  • about 27,000
  • about 18,000
  • about 7,000

Which battle is sometimes called the "Gettysburg of the West?"

  • Battle of Glorieta Pass
  • Battle of New Madrid
  • Battle of Roan's Tan Yard

Union Gen. Meade took criticism from President Lincoln for not pursuing the Confederates following which battle?

  • Battle of Mansfield
  • Battle of Pine Bluff
  • Battle of Gettysburg

Union forces had access to the entire Mississippi River after the end of which military action?

  • Siege of Vicksburg
  • Battle of Champion Hill
  • Battle of Stones River

Which battle is often considered the most pivotal in the Western theater of the war?

  • Battle of Grand Gulf
  • Battle of Chancellorsville
  • Battle of Champion Hill

The Battle of Pittsburg Landing is better known as what?

  • The Battle of Shiloh
  • Battle of Drewry's Bluff
  • Battle of Gaines' Mill

During the Battle of Shiloh, Union Brig. Gen. Prentiss and his men made a critical stand that became known as what?

  • The Iron Wall
  • The Hornet's Nest
  • The Devil's Den

Which battle pitted the South's Robert E. Lee versus the Union's Joseph Hooker?

  • Battle of Champion Hill
  • Battle of Chancellorsville
  • Battle of Gettysburg

How long did the Confederates hold out during the Siege of Vicksburg?

  • three months
  • 40 days
  • three weeks

Which battle still stands as the single bloodiest day in the history of American warfare?

  • Battle of Gettysburg
  • Battle of Shiloh
  • Battle of Antietam

How long did the Battle of Gettysburg last?

  • three days
  • three weeks
  • nearly a month

Which victory gave President Lincoln the political capital to sign the Emancipation Proclamation?

  • Battle of Antietam
  • Battle of Gettysburg
  • Battle of Fredericksburg

President Lincoln relieved Gen. Hooker of duty just days before which battle?

  • Battle of Gettysburg
  • Siege of Vicksburg
  • Siege of Port Hudson

How did Stonewall Jackson die at the Battle of Chancellorsville?

  • Shot by one of his own men
  • He fell off of his horse.
  • He refused to surrender and was bayoneted.