Civil War Quiz
How well do you know the Civil War? Take this quiz and find out.start quiz
Question 1 of 9
Southern states' anger over President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation started the first battle of the Civil War.
... While the debate over slavery played a major role in the start of the Civil War, the first battle was fought on April 12, 1861, at Fort Sumter, S.C., almost two years before Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation.
Question 2 of 9
Which state was the first to secede from the Union?
... South Carolina left the Union on Dec. 20, 1860, three months before any other state. By April 1861, the number of states in the Confederacy had grown to 11.
Question 3 of 9
At the time of the Civil War, African-Americans constituted less than 1 percent of the Northern population. What percent of Northern soldiers did they account for by the war’s end?
... About 180,000 black men, more than 85% of those eligible, enlisted in the Union Army during the war. About 130,000 of those were freed slaves.
Question 4 of 9
Which battle produced the bloodiest single day of the Civil War?
... On Sept. 17, 1862, the Battle of Antietam resulted in a total of 23,000 casualties on both sides, almost four times the number of Americans killed on D-Day, 82 years later. The battle ended in a Union retreat.
Question 5 of 9
Approximately how many men fought in the Civil War?
... About 2.2 million served in the Union Army, and about 1 million in the Confederacy. More than 10 percent of the total American population at the time fought in the war, and 2 percent died in it.
Question 6 of 9
True or False: The world’s first battle between ironclad ships occurred during the Civil War.
... The USS Monitor and the CSS Merrimack (Virginia) fought in March 1862, at the Battle of Hampton Roads, off the coast of Virginia. Though there was no clear winner to the battle, the performance of the new ironclad ship technology immediately made every other navy on Earth obsolete.
Question 7 of 9
Embittered over a Confederate defeat in their city during the Civil War, the residents of Vicksburg, Va., would not celebrate the Fourth of July for more than 80 years.
... On July 4, 1863, after a 48-day siege, the city of Vicksburg was surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Vicksburg would not celebrate the Fourth of July again until 1944.
Question 8 of 9
Which state held the most Civil War battles?
... Virginia was host to 123 Civil War battles, nearly one-third of the total engagements. The next highest is Tennessee, host to 38 battles.
Question 9 of 9
Civil War hostilities ended with Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender of the Confederate Army to Grant at Appomattox, Va.
... The last man killed in the Civil War was Pvt. John Jay Williams of the 34th Indiana, on May 13, 1865 — more than one month after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. This last small battle, in Palmito Ranch, Texas, was won by the Confederacy.