The Famous Civil War Battles Quiz

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

After a lot of bluster, Union forces surrendered the Charleston fort.

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

Jackson and his men held off an unexpected attack by Union troops; he became known as "Stonewall" Jackson.

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

During the battle, they couldn't tell if reinforcements were theirs or the Union's.

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

It took place in western Missouri and the Confederates pulled off another stunning victory.

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

The Union forces, which included freed slaves, prevented the Confederates from cutting off a crucial supply line.

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In which state did the Battle of Gettysburg take place?

This battle is often called the most important turning point of the war.

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

But Union leaders were slow to act on the information missed a chance to strike a fatal blow.

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

He received his crucial command just days before the attack by the Confederates.

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About how many military engagements were there during the war?

Many were just skirmishes; others seemed nearly apocalyptic.

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

It's also where he got his nickname, "Unconditional Surrender Grant."

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

It was the first major victory of the war for the Union; most of the Confederate losses were due to their surrender.

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

Union forces trapped the Confederates on a river island and forced thousands to surrender.

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

The battle featured a clash of huge forces amassed on both sides.

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

Gen. Lee surrendered his army, essentially ending the South's ability to wage war.

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Why is The Battle of Hampton Roads so famous?

Two ironclad ships, the CSS Virginia and the USS Monitor, fought to a draw but sparked an immediate change in warship design.

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

It was one of the costliest battles of the war for both sides, and it had an inconclusive end.

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

The Union suffered almost as many. More casualties occurred here than at any other battle during the war.

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

Confederates won the battle but were unable to secure the Southwest for themselves due to supply line problems.

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

Gen. Lee's forces were pinned by the rain-swollen Potomac River on one side and Meade could potentially have ended the war right there.

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

The decisive Union victory sent the Confederates scurrying back to Eastern strongholds.

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

The Confederate defeat soon led to a major (and terrible) confrontation at Vicksburg.

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The Battle of Pittsburg Landing is better known as what?

This large-scale battle featured tens of thousands of soldiers on each side.

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

Their ferocious resistance eventually collapsed but they bought the rest of the army time to regroup and ultimately win the battle.

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

This Confederate victory was the second bloodiest day of the entire war.

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

Food shortages in Vicksburg became so dire that people resorted to eating shoe leather.

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

By the end of the battle, nearly 23,000 men were dead, wounded or missing.

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How long did the Battle of Gettysburg last?

For such a monumental battle, it was a relatively short-lived event.

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

The Union did win the battle but an overabundance of caution cost them a chance to destroy Gen. Lee's army.

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

Hooker's poor showing at the Battle of Chancellorsville led Lincoln to believe he couldn't handle such important tasks.

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How did Stonewall Jackson die at the Battle of Chancellorsville?

He was killed by friendly fire; his death was a tremendous blow to Southern military prowess.

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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?

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