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Robert E. Lee: Civil War 1

Trivia powered by Prof. WalterWhat do you know about Robert E. Lee during the early years of the Civil War. Try this Civil War Trivia quiz. You'll find the answers at the end of the page.

1. Lee privately ridiculed the Confederacy in letters in early 1861, denouncing secession as "revolution" and a betrayal of the efforts of the Founders. The commanding general of the Union army, Winfield Scott, told Lincoln he wanted Lee for a top command.  

  • True or False?

2. After Lincoln's call for troops to put down the rebellion, it was obvious that Virginia would quickly secede and so Lee turned down an April 18 offer to become a major general in the U.S. Army, resigned on April 20, and took up command of the Virginia state forces.  When did he take command?

  • April 21, 1861
  • April 22, 1861
  • April 23, 1861

3. Lee's first field assignment was commanding Confederate forces in western Virginia, where he was defeated and was widely blamed for Confederate setbacks. What was the battle?

  • Battle of Cheat Mountain
  • Battle of Anchor
  • Battle of Harbor Island

4. He was then sent to organize the coastal defenses along the Carolina and Georgia seaboard, where he was hampered by the lack of an effective Confederate navy.  Once again blamed by the press, he became military adviser to Confederate President Jefferson Davis, former U.S. Secretary of War.

  • True or False?

5. While in Richmond, Lee was ridiculed for his excessive digging of trenches around the capitol. These trenches would later play an important role in battles near the end of the war.  What was Lee called?

  • King of Spades
  • Queen of Mean
  • King of Queens

6. In the spring of 1862, during the Peninsula Campaign, the Union Army of the Potomac under General George B. McClellan advanced upon Richmond from Fort Monroe, eventually reaching the eastern edges of the Confederate capital along the Chickahominy River. Following the wounding of at the Battle of Seven Pines, on June 1, 1862, Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia, his first opportunity to lead an army in the field. Who was the general Lee replaced?

  • Gen. Joseph E. Johnston
  • Gen. Winfield Jackson
  • Gen. Mark Reynolds

7. Early in the war, when did his men call him because of his allegedly timid style of command.

  • Granny Lee
  • Old Man Lee
  • Blinded Lee

8. After McClellan's retreat, Lee defeated another Union army at the Second Battle of Bull Run. Within 90 days of taking command, Lee had run McClellan off the Peninsula, defeated Pope at Second Manassas, and the battle lines had moved from 6 miles outside Richmond, to 20 miles outside Washington. Instead of a quick end to the war that the Peninsula Campaign had promised in its early stages, the war would go one for almost another 3 years and claim a half million more lives.

  • True or False?

9. He then invaded Maryland, hoping to replenish his supplies and possibly influence the Northern elections to fall in favor of ending the war. McClellan's men recovered a lost order that revealed Lee's plans. McClellan always exaggerated Lee's forces, but now he knew the Confederate army was divided and could be destroyed by an all-out attack at Antietam.

  • True or False?

10. Who did Lee defeat at the battle of Fredericksburg?

  • Mark Reynolds
  • Marvin Anderson
  • Ambrose Burnside

Where is Robert E. Lee buried?


Robert E. Lee: Civil War 1 Answers

  1. True
  2. April 23, 1861
  3. Battle of Cheat Mountain  
  4. True
  5. King of Spades
  6. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston
  7. Granny Lee 
  8. True
  9. True
  10. Ambrose Burnside

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