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