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  • 1. 

    When was the First Battle of Bull Run fought on?

    • A.

      July 1, 1861

    • B.

      April 30, 1863

    • C.

      June 25, 1862

    • D.

      May 5, 1861

    Correct Answer
    A. July 1, 1861
    Explanation
    The correct answer is July 1, 1861. The First Battle of Bull Run, also known as the First Battle of Manassas, took place on July 1, 1861. It was the first major land battle of the American Civil War and was fought near Manassas, Virginia. The battle resulted in a Confederate victory and highlighted the need for both sides to prepare for a long and bloody conflict.

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  • 2. 

    Who was the victor inthe Battle of Fort Henry?

    • A.

      Inconclusive

    • B.

      Union victory

    • C.

      Confederate victory

    • D.

      Inconclusive (Union strategic victory)

    Correct Answer
    B. Union victory
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Union victory. This means that the Union forces were the winners in the Battle of Fort Henry. They successfully defeated the Confederate forces and gained control of the fort.

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  • 3. 

    Where was the Battle of Fort Donelson fought?

    • A.

      Malvern Hill

    • B.

      Washington County

    • C.

      Hardin County

    • D.

      Stewart County

    Correct Answer
    D. Stewart County
    Explanation
    The Battle of Fort Donelson was fought in Stewart County.

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  • 4. 

    What was the Battle of Shiloh also known as?

    • A.

      Marye's Heights

    • B.

      Sharpsburg

    • C.

      Pittsburgh Landing

    • D.

      French's Field

    Correct Answer
    C. Pittsburgh Landing
    Explanation
    The Battle of Shiloh was also known as Pittsburgh Landing.

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  • 5. 

    How many battles were fought in the Seven Day's Battle?

    • A.

      9

    • B.

      7

    • C.

      6

    • D.

      4

    Correct Answer
    C. 6
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 6 because the Seven Day's Battle, which took place during the American Civil War, consisted of a series of six major battles fought between the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General Robert E. Lee, and the Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by General George B. McClellan. These battles were fought over a period of seven days from June 25 to July 1, 1862.

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  • 6. 

    Who was the Union principal commander at the Second Battle of Bull Run?

    • A.

      Major General John Pope

    • B.

      Major General Ulysses S. Grant

    • C.

      General Robert E. Lee

    • D.

      Major General Edwin Sumner

    Correct Answer
    A. Major General John Pope
    Explanation
    Major General John Pope was the Union principal commander at the Second Battle of Bull Run. This battle took place during the American Civil War in 1862. Pope was appointed to lead the Union Army of Virginia and was tasked with defending Washington, D.C. against Confederate General Robert E. Lee's forces. However, Pope's leadership and strategy were ineffective, resulting in a significant defeat for the Union. His failure at the Second Battle of Bull Run ultimately led to his removal from command.

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  • 7. 

    Where was the Battle of Antietam fought?

    • A.

      Adams County

    • B.

      Catoosa County

    • C.

      Washington County

    • D.

      Hardin County

    Correct Answer
    C. Washington County
    Explanation
    The Battle of Antietam was fought in Washington County. This was a significant battle during the American Civil War, taking place on September 17, 1862. It was fought between the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General Robert E. Lee, and the Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by General George B. McClellan. The battle resulted in heavy casualties on both sides, with over 23,000 soldiers killed, wounded, or missing. Despite the high cost, the Union army was able to claim a strategic victory, as it halted Lee's advance into Maryland.

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  • 8. 

    What battle was also known as Marye's Heights?

    • A.

      Seven Day's Battle

    • B.

      Battle of Fredericksburg

    • C.

      Battle of Chancellorsville

    • D.

      Battle of Antietam

    Correct Answer
    B. Battle of Fredericksburg
    Explanation
    The battle that was also known as Marye's Heights was the Battle of Fredericksburg. This battle took place during the American Civil War and was fought between the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by General Robert E. Lee, and the Union Army of the Potomac, commanded by General Ambrose Burnside. The Confederate forces were positioned on the high ground of Marye's Heights, which provided them with a strong defensive position. The Union forces launched several futile attacks against the Confederate position, resulting in heavy casualties. The battle ended in a Confederate victory.

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  • 9. 

    When was the Battle of Chancellorsville fought?

    • A.

      May 18 - July 4, 1863

    • B.

      May 5 - 7 1862

    • C.

      April 30 - May 6, 1863

    • D.

      June 25, 1862

    Correct Answer
    C. April 30 - May 6, 1863
    Explanation
    The Battle of Chancellorsville was fought from April 30 to May 6, 1863.

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  • 10. 

    Who was the principal commander of the Confederate army in the Siege of Vicksburg?

    • A.

      Major General Ulysses S. Grant

    • B.

      Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton

    • C.

      Major General Thomas J. Jackson

    • D.

      General Robert E. Lee

    Correct Answer
    B. Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton
    Explanation
    Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton was the principal commander of the Confederate army in the Siege of Vicksburg. This is evident from the fact that he held the rank of lieutenant general and was in charge of defending Vicksburg during the siege.

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  • 11. 

    Who was the victor of the Battle of Gettysburg?

    • A.

      Union

    • B.

      Confederate

    • C.

      Considered a tactical draw

    • D.

      Inconclusive

    Correct Answer
    A. Union
    Explanation
    The victor of the Battle of Gettysburg was the Union. This battle, which took place during the American Civil War, was a significant turning point as it marked a major defeat for the Confederate forces. The Union army, led by General George Meade, successfully defended their position against General Robert E. Lee's Confederate army. The Union victory at Gettysburg played a crucial role in boosting morale and ultimately contributed to the Union's ultimate victory in the war.

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  • 12. 

    Where was the Battle of Chickamauga fought?

    • A.

      Henrico and Hardin Counties

    • B.

      Catoosa and Walker Counties

    • C.

      Adams County

    • D.

      Fulton County

    Correct Answer
    B. Catoosa and Walker Counties
    Explanation
    The Battle of Chickamauga was fought in Catoosa and Walker Counties. This battle took place during the American Civil War in September 1863. It was one of the largest and bloodiest battles of the war, with heavy casualties on both sides. The Confederate Army, led by General Braxton Bragg, clashed with the Union Army, led by General William Rosecrans. The battle resulted in a Confederate victory and forced the Union Army to retreat to Chattanooga.

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  • 13. 

    Who was the Union principal commander of the Battle of Chattanooga?

    • A.

      Col. D. H. Hill

    • B.

      Col. John T. Wilder

    • C.

      Major General Ulysses S. Grant

    • D.

      Major General George G. Meade

    Correct Answer
    B. Col. John T. Wilder
    Explanation
    Col. John T. Wilder was the Union principal commander of the Battle of Chattanooga. This is evident from the fact that he is listed as one of the options and is the correct answer. The other options, Col. D. H. Hill, Major General Ulysses S. Grant, and Major General George G. Meade, are not mentioned as the principal commander of the battle.

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  • 14. 

    When was the Battle of Wilderness fought on?

    • A.

      June 29, 1863

    • B.

      September 18 - 20, 1864

    • C.

      August 21, 1863

    • D.

      May 5 - 7, 1864

    Correct Answer
    D. May 5 - 7, 1864
    Explanation
    The correct answer is May 5 - 7, 1864. The Battle of Wilderness was fought during these dates.

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  • 15. 

    How long was the was the Battle of Spotsylvania?

    • A.

      Five hours

    • B.

      Two weeks

    • C.

      One month

    • D.

      Three days

    Correct Answer
    B. Two weeks
    Explanation
    The Battle of Spotsylvania lasted for two weeks. This is evident from the given options where "Two weeks" is the only duration mentioned. The other options - five hours, one month, and three days - do not match the given answer. Therefore, the correct answer is two weeks.

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  • 16. 

    Who was declared the victor of the Battle of Cold Harbor?

    • A.

      Inconclusive

    • B.

      Union

    • C.

      Confederacy

    • D.

      Inconclusive (Grant continued offensive)

    Correct Answer
    C. Confederacy
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Confederacy. The Battle of Cold Harbor was fought during the American Civil War, and it was a significant Confederate victory. The Confederate forces, led by General Robert E. Lee, successfully defended their positions against the Union forces commanded by General Ulysses S. Grant. The battle resulted in heavy casualties for the Union army and ultimately ended in a Confederate victory.

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  • 17. 

    Who was the Union principal commanders of the Siege of Petersburg?

    • A.

      Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Maj. Gen. George G. Meade

    • B.

      Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman and Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant

    • C.

      Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan and Maj. Gen. John Pope

    • D.

      Maj. Gen. John Pope and Maj. Gen. Edwin Sumner

    Correct Answer
    A. Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Maj. Gen. George G. Meade
    Explanation
    Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Maj. Gen. George G. Meade were the Union principal commanders of the Siege of Petersburg. They led the Union forces in the prolonged campaign against the Confederate Army, which took place from June 1864 to April 1865 during the American Civil War. Grant was the overall commander of the Union Army, while Meade commanded the Army of the Potomac. Together, they devised strategies and coordinated the Union forces to eventually break through the Confederate defenses and force their surrender.

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  • 18. 

    What battle was also known as the Passing of Forts Morgan and Gaines?

    • A.

      Antietam

    • B.

      Atlanta

    • C.

      Mobile Bay

    • D.

      Seven Day's Battle

    Correct Answer
    C. Mobile Bay
    Explanation
    The battle that was also known as the Passing of Forts Morgan and Gaines is Mobile Bay.

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  • 19. 

    Where was the Battle of Atlanta fought at?

    • A.

      Henrico County

    • B.

      Fulton County

    • C.

      Hamilton County

    • D.

      Spotsylvania County

    Correct Answer
    B. Fulton County
    Explanation
    The Battle of Atlanta was fought in Fulton County. This county is located in the state of Georgia and is home to the city of Atlanta. The battle took place during the American Civil War in 1864 and was a major turning point in the war. The Union forces, led by General William T. Sherman, successfully captured and burned Atlanta, which had been a vital Confederate transportation hub. The victory at Atlanta boosted the morale of the Union troops and helped secure Abraham Lincoln's re-election as president.

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  • 20. 

    When was the Battle of Nashville fought on?

    • A.

      December 15 - 16, 1864

    • B.

      July 22, 1864

    • C.

      July 1 - 3, 1863

    • D.

      May 5 - 7 1863

    Correct Answer
    A. December 15 - 16, 1864
    Explanation
    The Battle of Nashville was fought on December 15 - 16, 1864.

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