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Countdown to War

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Try this Alan's US Civil War History Made Easy Quiz
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Trivia powered by Prof. ABE1) WASHINGTON, DC, November 6, 1860 - Abraham Lincoln was elected as the sixteenth president of the United States.  In the 1860 Presidential Election, who was NOT a presidential candidate?

  • John Bell - Constitutional Union Party
  • John C. Breckinridge - Southern Democrats
  • Stephen A. Douglas - Democrat
  • John C. Longhorn - Whig Party

2) COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, December 20, 1860- After Abraham Lincoln won the 1860 Presidential Election in 1860 and he would be the next president, South Carolina became the first state to declare its secession from the Union.

  • True or False?

3) FORT SUMTER, SOUTH CAROLINA, December 26, 1860 - Under the cover of darkness , U.S. Army Major Robert Anderson spiked the cannons at his post and moved his command to Fort Sumter. South Carolina authorities considered this a breach of faith and demanded that the fort be evacuated. At that time President James Buchanan was still in office, pending Lincoln's inauguration on March 4, 1861. Buchanan refused their demand and mounted a relief expedition in January 1861, but shore batteries fired on and repulsed the unarmed merchant ship, Star of the West. The battery that fired was manned by cadets from The Citadel, who were the only trained artillerists in the service of South Carolina at the time. What was the US Army post?

  • Fort Andrew Jackson
  • Fort Morgantown
  • Fort Moultrie
  • Fort Xavier

4) JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, January 9, 1861 - The State of Mississippi became the second state to declare its secession from the Union, and it was one of the founding members of the Confederate States of America. Who was the Governor of Mississippi during the secession from November 21, 1859 to November 16, 1863?

  • Henry C. Foote
  • John J. Pettus
  • William Tucker
  • Mark Reynolds

5) TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, January 10, 1861 - The State of Florida declared its secession from the Union. Florida became a founding member of the Confederate States of America.  When day did it join the Confederate States of America?

  • January 20, 1861
  • January 30, 1861
  • February 8, 1861
  • February 28, 1861

6) MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, January 11, 1861 - Alabama declared its secession from the Union and joined the Confederate States of America.  Who was the governor at the time of secession?

  • Henry W. Collier
  • John A. Winston
  • Andrew B. Moore
  • John Gill Shorter

7) MILLEDGEVILLE. GEORGIA, January 18, 1861 - Georgia joined the Confederacy and became a major theater of the American Civil War. Major battles took place at Chickamauga, Kennesaw Mountain, and Atlanta. At the time of secession, Joseph E. Brown was the Georgia governor from November 6, 1857 to June 17, 1865.

  • True or False?

8) BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA, January 26, 1861 - From the state capitol in Baton Rouge, Louisiana's secession was announced and it became part of the Confederate States of America. Thomas Overton Moore was the Louisiana governor at the time of secession. He held the position in Confederate-held territory in Louisiana.  Who was Louisiana governor from July 2, 1862 to March 4, 1864 in the Union-held territory in Louisiana?

  • William W. Heard
  • P. B. S. Pinchback
  • George F. Shepley
  • James Madison Wells

9) AUSTIN, TEXAS, February 1, 1861 - A State Convention considering secession opened in Austin on January 28, 1861. On February 1, by a vote of 166�8, the Convention adopted an Ordinance of Secession from the United States. Texas voters approved this Ordinance on February 23, 1861. Texas joined the Confederate States of America, ratifying the permanent C.S. Constitution on March 23, 1861. Texas's most notable unionist was the state Governor, Stephen Austin. Not wanting to aggravate the situation further, Austin refused two offers from President Lincoln for Union troops to keep him in office.  After refusing to swear an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy, he was deposed as governor.

  • True or False

10) MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, February 7, 1861- Delegates from the seven formed the Confederate States of America, selecting Jefferson Davis as temporary president until elections could be held in 1862. They established Montgomery, Alabama as their temporary capital.  When did Richmond, Virginia become the capital of the Confederate States of America?

  • May 29, 1861
  • June 29, 1861
  • July 4, 1861
  • August 4, 1861

11) MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, February 9, 1861- A constitutional convention in Montgomery, Alabama, named Jefferson Davis as provisional president of the Confederate States of America

  • True or False?

12) MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, February 18, 1861 - Jefferson Davis was inaugurated on February 18, 1861. From March 4, 1857 to January 21, 1861, what position did he hold?

  • U.S. Secretary of War
  • U.S. Senator from Mississippi
  • U.S. House of Representatives from Mississippi's At-large congressional district
  • Major General Mississippi militia

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Countdown to War (Answers)

  1. John C. Longhorn - Whig Party
  2. True
  3. Fort Moultrie
  4. John J. Pettus
  5. February 8, 1861
  6. Andrew B. Moore
  7. True
  8. George F. Shepley
  9. False. Texas's most notable unionist was the state Governor, Sam Houston.
  10. May 29, 1861
  11. True
  12. U.S. Senator from Mississippi

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