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Robert E. Lee: Civil War 2

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1. In the summer of 1863, Lee invaded the North again, hoping for a Southern victory that would shatter Northern morale. A young Pennsylvanian woman who watched from her porch as General Lee passed by remarked, "I wish he were ours." He encountered Union forces at the three-day Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania in July; the battle would produce the largest number of casualties in the American Civil War. Who commanded the Union forces at Gettysburg?

  • George G. Meade
  • Robert Reynolds
  • Ulysses S. Grant

2. Following his defeat at Gettysburg, Lee sent a letter of resignation to President Davis on August 8, 1863, but Davis refused Lee's request.

  • True or False?

3. A historian stated, "Gettysburg was the price the South paid for having Robert E. Lee as commander." Who was the historian?

  • Shelby Foote
  • Henry Madison
  • Martin Reynolds

4. In 1864, the new Union general-in-chief, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, sought to use his large advantages in manpower and material resources to destroy Lee's army by attrition, pinning Lee against his capital of Richmond. Lee successfully stopped each attack, but Grant with his superior numbers kept pushing each time a bit farther to the southeast. What is NOT a battle in the Overland Campaign?

  • Wilderness
  • Spotsylvania Court House
  • Philippi Bridge

5. What was the battle fought between June 1864 until March 1865?

  • Siege of Washington
  • Siege of Richmond
  • Siege of Petersburg

6. On January 31, 1865, Lee was promoted to general-in-chief of Confederate forces.

  • True or False?

7. By late 1864 the army so dominated the Confederacy that civilian leaders were unable to block the military's proposal, strongly endorsed by Lee, to arm and train slaves in Confederate uniform for combat. In return for this service, slave soldiers and their families would be emancipated.

  • True or False?

8. Lee abandoned Richmond and retreated west. His forces were surrounded and he surrendered them to Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. Other Confederate armies followed suit and the war ended. The day after his surrender, Lee issued his Farewell Address to his army. What was the date of Lee's surrender?

  • April 1, 1865
  • April 9, 1865
  • July 4, 1865

9. What college did Lee receive an offer to serve as the president of  in Lexington, Virginia. Lee accepted, and remained president of the College from October 2, 1865 until his death?

  • College of Richmond
  • Salem College
  • Washington College

10. On September 28, 1870, Lee suffered a stroke that left him without the ability to speak. Lee died from the effects of pneumonia shortly after 9 a.m. on October 12, 1870, in Lexington, Virginia. Where year did he gain full citizenship?

  • 1870
  • 1875
  • 1975

Where is Robert E. Lee buried?


Robert E. Lee: Civil War 2 Answers

  1. George G. Meade
  2. True
  3. Shelby Foote
  4. Philippi Bridge
  5. Siege of Petersburg
  6. True
  7. True
  8. April 9, 1865
  9. Washington College
  10. 1975

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