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U.S. Civil War History Made Easy Quiz.
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1) South Carolina did more to advance
nullification and secession than any other Southern state.
When did South Carolina adopt the "Declaration
of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession
of South Carolina from the Federal Union"?
October 24, 1860
November 24, 1860
December 24, 1860
January 24, 1861
2) Before Lincoln took
office, how many states had declared their
secession from the Union?
3) When was the Confederate
States of America established?
February 4, 1861
February 14, 1861
February 24, 1861
March 4, 1861
4) They took control of federal forts and
other properties within their boundaries with little resistance
from outgoing President James Buchanan.
5) One quarter of the U.S. Army, the entire
garrison in Texas, was surrendered in February 1861 to state
forces by its commanding general, who then joined the
Who was the commanding general?
Robert E. Lee
David E. Twiggs
6) As Southerners resigned their seats in
the Senate and the House, Republicans were able to pass bills
for projects that had been blocked by Southern Senators before
the war, including the Morrill Tariff, land grant colleges (the
Morill Act), a Homestead Act, a transcontinental railroad (the
Pacific Railway Acts), the National Banking Act and the
authorization of United States Notes by the Legal Tender Act of
1862. The Revenue Act of 1861 introduced the income tax to help
finance the war.
7) How many states remained
loyal to the Union?
8) How many slave states
remained loyal to the Union?
9) After Virginia's secession, a Unionist
government in Wheeling asked 48 counties to vote on an ordinance
to create a new state on October 24, 1861. A voter turnout of
34% approved the statehood bill (96% approving). The inclusion
of 24 secessionist counties in the state and the ensuing
guerrilla war engaged about 40,000 Federal troops for much of
When did Congress admit West
Virginia to the Union?
June 20, 1862
June 20, 1863
June 20, 1864
June 20, 1865
10) A Unionist secession attempt occurred in
East Tennessee, but was suppressed by the Confederacy, which
arrested over 3000 men suspected of being loyal to the Union.
They were held without trial.