Although romanticized in the movies, the American Civil War was a brutal war which cost the young nation more than 1 percent of her population. That's more American deaths than were incurred in World War II, which was overall a much larger and bloodier conflict (remember that in the Civil War, though, casualties on both sides were Americans). The war, which raged as far north as Pennsylvania and as far West as New Mexico, has been called the first "modern war," because of the new technologies that it developed and used. These included the telegraph and the camera, innovations in communication, and anesthesia, a novelty in medicine. But mostly, the Civil War brought advances in techniques of warfare.
Well, rather, it should be said that the Civil War was a blend of old and new combat techniques. It was the last war in which the United States would substantially use a cavalry, but also the first in which it would use repeating rifles and armored warships. A submarine was even involved: the Hunley, a hand-powered craft that sank the Union ship USS Housatonic.
How well do you know the weapons, the battles, the leaders and the turning points of this bloody war? We've created a 35-question quiz to test your grasp of Civil War history. Good luck!
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