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William T. Sherman: Civil War 1861 to Mid-1863

Trivia powered by Prof. WalterWhat do you know about William T. Sherman? Try this Civil War Trivia quiz. You'll find the answers at the bottom of the page.

1) Sherman was first commissioned as a colonel in the 13th U.S. Infantry regiment, effective May 14, 1861. This was a new regiment yet to be raised, and Sherman's first command was actually of a brigade of three-month volunteers.

  • True or False?

2) With that command, he was one of the few Union officers to distinguish himself at the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861. Where he was grazed by bullets in the knee and shoulder.

  • True or False?

3) Sherman got his wish of serving under Grant when he was assigned on March 1, 1862, to the Army of West Tennessee as commander of the 5th Division. What was his first major test under Grant?

  • Battle of Shiloh
  • Battle of Kentucky
  • Battle of Tennessee

4) Sherman was promoted to major general of volunteers.  What was the effective date of the promotion?

  • May 1, 1862
  • May 15, 1862
  • June 1, 1862

5) In December 1862, forces under his command suffered a severe repulse at a battle just north of Vicksburg, Mississippi. What was the battle?

  • Battle of Chickasaw Bayou
  • Battle of Charles Mountain
  • Battle of Mannington

6) Before the Vicksburg Campaign in the spring of 1863, Sherman expressed serious reservations about the wisdom of Grant's unorthodox strategy, but he went on to perform well in that campaign under Grant's supervision.

  • True or False?

7) After the surrender of Vicksburg to the Union forces under General Grant on July 4, 1863, Sherman was given the rank of brigadier general in the regular army in addition to his rank as a major general of volunteers.

  • True or False?

8) Sherman's family came from Ohio to visit his camp near Vicksburg; their visit resulted in the death of his nine-year-old son, Willie, the Little Sergeant.  What did he die from?

  • Typhoid fever
  • Mumps
  • Fall from tree

9) Command in the West was unified under Grant (Military Division of the Mississippi), and Sherman succeeded Grant. What was the command he replaced Grant?

  • Army of the Ohio
  • Army of the James
  • Army of the Tennessee

10) Sherman led a column to relieve Union forces under thought to be in peril at Knoxville and, in February 1864, led an expedition to Meridian, Mississippi, to disrupt Confederate infrastructure. Who was the Union commander in Knoxville?

  • Sydney Halleck
  • George Kitchen
  • Ambrose Burnside

Where is William T. Sherman buried?


William T. Sherman: Civil War 1861 to Mid-1863 Answers

  1. True
  2. True
  3. Battle of Shiloh
  4. May 1, 1862
  5. Battle of Chickasaw Bayou
  6. True
  7. True
  8. Typhoid fever
  9. Army of the Tennessee
  10. Ambrose Burnside

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