Test your basic knowledge |

DSST Civil War Vocab

Subjects : dsst, history
  • Answer 40 questions in 15 minutes.
  • If you are not ready to take this test, you can study here.
  • Match each statement with the correct term.
  • Don't refresh. All questions and answers are randomly picked and ordered every time you load a test.

This is a study tool. The 3 wrong answers for each question are randomly chosen from answers to other questions. So, you might find at times the answers obvious, but you will see it re-enforces your understanding as you take the test each time.
1. Small - fast ships that delivered supplies to the Confederacy.

2. (N) Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant vs. (S) Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston - Union won

3. Excused slaveholders owning twenty or more slaves from being drafted for service

4. Commander of Confederate Army. Great leader - Lincoln wanted him as the leader of the Union Army

5. (N) Pope vs. (S) Lee/Jackson - This was the decisive battle of the Northern Virginia Campaign. Result(s): Confederate victory

6. (N) George McClellan vs. (S) Robert Lee - Strategic northern victory - Turned tide of war in favor of north. - Bloodiest battle in U.S. History - encouraged Lincoln to give Emancipation Proclamation - and prevented Lee from invading the North

7. (N) Major General William S. Rosecrans vs. (S) General Braxton Bragg - Confederates retired - Bragg claimed Union victory - boosted Union morale Result(s): Union victory

8. One of the South's greatest generals during the Civil War - he possessed an uncanny - almost intuitive grasp of Gen. Robert E. Lee's orders - killed at the Battle of Chancellorsville (1863) when he was accidentally shot by one of his own soldiers.

9. Incident in which a Union warship stopped a British steamer and removed two Confederate diplomats

10. The most infamous prison in the south. There was no shelter. There was a huge population - and there were food shortages - overcrowding - and disease that killed about 100 men a day during the summer months.

11. Provided medical assistance and supplies to army camps and hospitals

12. (N) Major General Ulysses S. Grant vs. (S) General Braxton Bragg - 'Gateway to the Lower South -' which became the supply and logistics base for Sherman's 1864 Atlanta Campaign. - Result(s): Union victory

13. (N) General Joseph Hooker vs. (S) General Robert E. Lee and General Thomas J. Jackson - considered by many to be Lee's greatest battle - Result(s): Confederate victory

14. Robert E. Lee sent _______'s corps to sweep Union forces from the Valley and - if possible - to menace Washington - D.C. - hoping to compel Grant to dilute his forces against Lee around Petersburg - Virginia

15. (N) McDowell vs. (S) Beauregard/ Jackson - CSA won - 1st Battle

16. Lee wanted to attack the North but General McClellan found a copy of Lee's plan wrapped in three cigars

17. Failed attempt by Union troops to take a sea route into the Confederate capital of Richmond.

18. Denounced the president for being a first rate second rate man for delaying on the emacipation

19. Freed all slaves in the states that had seceded - after the Northern victory at the Battle of Antietam. Lincoln had no power to enforce the law.

20. Compulsory enrollment of persons for military or naval service; draft.

21. Union forces nearly broke the Confederate lines - but the Union Army made 14 unsuccessful charges against the stone wall at ________ ____________.

22. White leading commander of the first black regiment - 54th Massachusetts

23. In Virginia where Lee daringly divided his numerically inferior army and sent Stonewall Jackson to attack the Union flank.

24. Union paper money not backed by gold or silver. Value would fluctuate depending on status of the war - financed the war

25. Confederate commander who was executed for mistreatment of Union prisoners of war

26. The first ironclad warship commissioned by the US Navy.....Most famous for participation in the first-ever battle against another ironclad

27. Richmond conflict about high prices of food.He offered no solution -so they turned into an angry mob.President Davis showed up - the mob dispersed

28. Printing paper money - but prices on necessities like food and such skyrocketed and the people rioted.

29. A system that helped enslaved African Americans follow a network of escape routes out of the South to freedom in the North

30. Marched from Atlanta to the Sea destroying everything; Total War

31. President of the Southern Confederate States after their succession from the Union - struggled to form a solid government

32. [aka USS Merrimack] yard workers salvaged the USS Merrimack and converted her into an ironclad - sank two Union warships in Hampton Roads.

33. Lincoln placed this commander at Vicksburg in command of all Union forces - slowly battered Lee's armies into submission around Richmond in 1864-1865 - and received Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse

34. Expression used to indicate economic dominance of Southern cotton industry - and that North needed South's cotton.

35. (N) Major General William S. Rosecrans vs. (S) General Braxton Bragg - Result(s): Confederate victory - CSA won - Largest battle in West - most significant Union defeat in the West

36. African American Union regiment that helped capture Fort Wagner in South Carolina

37. Launched the American Red Cross in 1881. An 'angel' in the Civil War - treated the wounded in the field.

38. Violent disturbances that were the culmination of discontent with new laws passed by Congress to draft men to fight in the ongoing American Civil War - initially intended to express anger at the draft - the protests degraded into civil disorder direc

39. (N) Burnside vs. (S) Lee - southern victory

40. Blockade that would not allow supplies of any sort into the Confederacy; control the Mississippi and Atlantic/Gulf of Mexico