Some Civil War Trivia…not that anything about it was trivial. ~Tanya Hanson

    In honor of the 150th “anniversary” of our country’s most  “dishonorable” war, I thought I’d regale you with some trivia.  (Thanks       to Civil War Trivia and Fact Book by Webb Garrison.)

See how well you do. Answers will appear in the post below.

1.    What important visitor did General George McClellan deliberately snub in November 1861 by going to bed instead of seeing him?   a) Jeb Stewart;   b) Ulysses S. Grant;   c) Abraham Lincoln;   d) Andrew Carnegie.

2.    With commanders usually at a distance from the site of conflict, how did they order their men to fall back? a) Sent an official messenger on horseback;   b) Sounded retreat by bugles or drums;  c) Shouted “retreat.”  d)  Shouted “run away.”

3.   What much did it cost to send a letter from one warring region to another?  a) Twenty five cents;   b) Five-dollar gold piece;   c) One dollar;   d) Fifty cents.

4.    How did Jefferson Davis spend the morning before his inauguration:   a) Consulting with General Lee;   b) Giving an interview to support his presidency;   c) Re-writing his speech;   d) Praying on his knees.

5.    What former slave and author of a famed autobiography helped recruit blacks for the Union army?   a) Harriet Tubman; b) Frederick Douglass;   c) Sojourner Truth;   d) Booker T. Washington.

6.    What physician invented a weapon for the Union army that was the prototype of the machine gun? (Only twelve were used!)   a) Samuel Colt;   b) Frederick Remington;   c) Horace Greeley;   d) Dr. Richard Gatling.

7.    What key figure in the war typically address his wife as “Mother.”   a) Abraham Lincoln;   b) Robert E. Lee;   c) Ulysses S. Grant;   d) Jeb Stuart.

8.    What did hundreds of northern admirers send General Grant after his victory at Fort Donelson?   a) A new horse;  b) Cigars;    c) An engraved pocket watch and gold fob;    d) An ivory handled pistol.

9.    Who was the fanatical abolitionist who left a prewar trail of blood in Kansas and Virginia?   a) Jesse James;   b) Frederick Douglass;   c) George Armstrong Custer;   d) John Brown.

10.    What poet, a volunteer nurse, wrote several poems dedicated to President Lincoln?   a) Oliver Wendell Holmes;   b) Walt Whitman;   c) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow;   d) Emily Dickinson.

Let us know how you did. Or… just pop in at Comments to say howdy


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20 thoughts on “Some Civil War Trivia…not that anything about it was trivial. ~Tanya Hanson”

  1. Great way to get the brain fired up this morning. I missed one. I thought the price to send a letter from one warring region to another would be much higher than 25 cents.

    Thanks for the trivia, Tanya!


  2. Great little quiz and I didn’t do to well with it. I do love reading about the Civil War though. I love learning new facts so thanks.

  3. Hi everyone, we just got back last night from a history tour around the East Coast. Incredible stuff! The visit to Gettysburg was heartrending.

    Glad you enjoyed the quiz.

    Kristen, thanks for stopping by. I knew very few of these facts. This is a cool book I got for a dollar at a flea market.

  4. Filly sisters, I wasn’t able to visit the Junction on our rambles. I missed you all and am so glad you took the quiz today.

    Cher, I got so intrigued at Gettysburg I downloaded “Killer Angels” in my Kindle and am reading it now. Many of the officers were men of great faith, including Robert E. Lee. So far, it’s an incredible read. oxox

  5. Hi Quilt Lady, I too love reading about the Civil War. I’ll take time to post on Gettysburg in near future.

    I’ve come down with a noxious cold. My sinuses about exploded during the descent. So between cough medicine, napping and and jet-lag, I’ll get here today as often as I can.

    Thanks y’all.!

  6. The Civil War is always so sad to me. Just a terrible shame so many had to die.
    I am still amazed that those Southern fathers allowed their sons to die and die and die so they could keep their slaves.
    Of course they didn’t see it as about slavery I suppose. It was about freedom. But I still can’t believe they didn’t back down and save their children.
    Why can’t this world figure out a way to stop having wars!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. Hi Mary, the waste of lives is beyond comprehension. On our trip we visited Yorktown, Arlington, learned about so many, many battles. In the Civil War, sometimes both sides called a momentary truce before a battle so “enemy” brothers could embrace each other one last time. Unfathomable.

    I’d do ANYTHING to save my children. But many of them had this “honor” thing going. And for the southerners it was the north telling then what to do. They were for “states’ rights”,your state decides. Go figure. Yes indeed, heartrending and so hard to understand. Grrrrr. oxoxo

  8. This was great fun… I did not too bad I thougt. I got 6 right…
    Thanks for my continuing education on the US Civil War.

  9. I got all but number 1 correct. I recently read the book Lincoln by Gore Vidal and have visited Gettysburg, so maybe that all helped.

  10. Hi Tanya, Love1d the quiz. I so enjoy reading about the Civil War even though the thought of brother against brother always makes me sad. Think I will have the history teacher I work with take this quiz especially as I got them all correct!

  11. Frustrating! I had my comments all typed out and my internet went down.
    Anyway, Tanya, thanks for the trivia quiz. My husband and I took it. He did a bit better than I did, only missed 2.
    I view the Civil War as sad rather than dishonorable. There were men of honor and conviction on both sides. Unfortunately, there were also those on both sides who used the war for profit, revenge, and an opportunity to rampage.
    In the North, when we studied the war in school, the viewpoint was more that the war ended rather than it was won. Nobody really won in that conflict. Families were torn apart and the economy and structure of southern states severely damaged.

    It is unfortunate that many today are still “fighting” a war they really don’t fully understand. A historian at the TN State Museum commented that many of those flying the confederate flag don’t really understand what it stood for. It is fine to be proud of your heritage, but get it right. No matter what side of the conflict your ancestors were on, it was 150 years ago. We as a nation should learn from what happened and never let those things happen to our families and country again. You can be sure if women had been in charge, It certainly wouldn’t have happened or lasted as long.

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