Quiz: What Do You Know About the Major Turning Points of the American Civil War?
What Do You Know About the Major Turning Points of the American Civil War?
By: John Miller
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About This Quiz

When a handful of southern states seceded from the Union in 1861, the drums of war sounded across the land. President Abraham Lincoln knew his country would never survive such a split, so he sent his troops to bring the Confederacy back into the fold. Most Americans figured the war would be over in a matter of months. Instead, a series of costly setbacks spiraled into a full-blown apocalypse. In this crimson-soaked quiz, you will demonstrate how well you know the major turning points of the American Civil War.

It was never supposed to be a real war. After the silliness at Fort Sumter, in which the Confederacy captured a Union fort without a single casualty, the North got serious. Lincoln’s troops gathered at the First Battle of Bull Run, but their inexperience immediately became apparent. Do you know how this first major confrontation affected the war’s outlook?

In 1862, a number of turning points altered the destinies of both the North and the South. There were the fights at Forts Henry and Donelson, and then came the horrors of Shiloh. Jackson launched his Valley Campaign that spring, and the Seven Days’ Battles raged later that summer. But it was a place called Antietam where the fountains of blood gushed in a true frenzy. What was special about this battle?

From Gettysburg to Atlanta, leaders like Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee did their best to win the terrible fight. Take this Civil War turning points quiz now! We’ll see if you’re a war hero or just a nameless rebel private.

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