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Ulysses S. Grant: Civil War Mid 1863 to 1865

Trivia powered by Prof. WalterBorn: April 27, 1822
Died: July 23, 1885 (age 63)

One historian with a military background has written that "we must go back to the campaigns of Napoleon to find equally brilliant results accomplished in the same space of time with such a small loss." Indeed, anticipating that Grant would soon capture Vicksburg, Abraham Lincoln declared that "if Grant only does this thing down there . . ., why, Grant is my man and I am his the rest of this war."

What do you know about Ulysses S. Grant? Try this US Civil War Trivia quiz.

1) On October 17, Grant was placed in command of the sweeping, newly-created Military Division of the Mississippi; this command placed Grant in overall charge of the previously independent Departments of the Ohio, the Cumberland (embracing Chattanooga), and the Tennessee. Who took command of the Deport of the Tennessee?

  • George H. Thomas
  • William F. "Baldy" Smith
  • William T. Sherman

2) Grant's willingness to fight and ability to win impressed President Lincoln, who appointed him to a rank not awarded since George Washington (or Winfield Scott's brevet appointment), recently re-authorized by the U.S. Congress with Grant in mind´┐Żon March 2, 1864. What was the rank?

  • Lieutenant general
  • Full general
  • Colonel general

3) He devised a coordinated strategy that would strike at the heart of the Confederacy from multiple directions: Who was NOT one of the commanding generals against Lee near Richmond?

  • George G. Meade
  • Benjamin Franklin Butler
  • Matthew Ridgeway

4) Grant was the first general to attempt such a coordinated strategy in the war and the first to understand the concepts of total war, in which the destruction of an enemy's economic infrastructure that supplied its armies was as important as tactical victories on the battlefield.

  • True or False?

5) It was the military thrust needed by the Union to defeat the Confederacy. It pitted Grant against the great commander Robert E. Lee in an epic contest. It began on May 4, 1864, when the Army of the Potomac crossed the Rapidan River. What was the campaign?

  • Richmond
  • Overland
  • River

6) How long did the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House last?

  • 3 days
  • 7 days
  • 14 days

7) What was one of Grant's most controversial battles, in which he launched on June 3 a massive three-corps assault without adequate reconnaissance on a well-fortified defensive line, resulting in horrific casualties?

  • Cold Harbor
  • James Harbor
  • Richmond Falls

8) In early September, the efforts of Grant's coordinated strategy finally bore fruit. First, Sherman took Atlanta. Then, Grant dispatched Philip Sheridan to the Shenandoah Valley to deal with Jubal A. Early. It became clear to the people of the North that the war was being won, and Lincoln was re-elected by a wide margin. Later in November, Sherman began his March to the Sea. Sheridan and Sherman both followed Grant's strategy of total war by destroying the economic infrastructures of the Valley and a large swath of Georgia and the Carolinas.

  • True or False?

9) Grant invited Lincoln to visit his headquarters at City Point, Virginia. By coincidence, Sherman (then campaigning in North Carolina) who happened to visit City Point at the same time. This allowed for the war's only three-way meeting of Lincoln, Grant, and Sherman. What was the date?

  • February 1865
  • March 1865
  • August 1865

10) After the war, on July 25, 1866, Congress authorized the newly created rank of General of the Army of the United States, the equivalent of a full general in the modern United States Army. Grant was appointed as such by President Andrew Johnson on the same day. How many stars

  • Three-star
  • Four-star
  • Five-star

Where is Ulysses S. Grant buried?


Ulysses S. Grant Answers

  1. William T. Sherman
  2. Lieutenant general
  3. Matthew Ridgeway
  4. True
  5. Overland
  6. 14 days
  7. Cold Harbor
  8. True
  9. March 1865
  10. Four-star

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