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William T. Sherman: Civil War Mid-1863 to 1865

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1) Despite this mixed record, Sherman enjoyed Grant's confidence and friendship. When Lincoln called Grant east in the spring of 1864 to take command of all the Union armies, Grant appointed Sherman to succeed him as head of the Military Division of the Mississippi, which entailed command of Union troops in the Western Theater of the war. What was Sherman called by his troops?

  • Uncle Billy
  • Cuzin´┐Ż Willy
  • Brother Billy

2) Who did Sherman face during the Georgia Campaign?

  • Robert E. Lee
  • Joseph E. Johnston
  • Mark Reynolds

3) When was the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain fought?

  • June 27, 1864
  • July 27, 1864
  • September 27, 1864

4) In August, Sherman "learned that I had been commissioned a major-general in the regular army, which was unexpected and not desired until successful in the capture of Atlanta."

  • True or False?

5) Sherman's Atlanta Campaign concluded successfully on September 2, 1864, with the capture of Atlanta, left abandoned. Who was the Confederate commander?

  • Mark Reynolds
  • John Bell Hood
  • Robert E. Lee

6) In the summer of that year, it had appeared likely that Lincoln would be defeated; in August, the Democratic Party nominated as its candidate George B. McClellan, the former Union army commander. Lincoln's defeat might well have meant the victory of the Confederacy, as the Democratic Party platform called for peace negotiations based on the acknowledgment of the Confederacy's independence. Thus the capture of Atlanta, coming when it did, may have been Sherman's greatest contribution to the Union cause.

  • True or False?

7) Sherman called this harsh tactic of material war "hard war", often seen as a species of total war. At the end of this campaign, known as Sherman's March to the Sea, his troops captured Savannah. What was the date of capture?

  • December 19, 1864
  • December 21, 1864
  • December 25, 1864

8) Grant to allow Sherman to march north through the Carolinas, destroying everything of military value along the way, as he had done in Georgia. He was particularly interested in targeting South Carolina, the first state to secede from the Union, for the effect it would have on Southern morale. When did he take Columbia, South Carolina?

  • February 6, 1865
  • February 17, 1865
  • March 6, 1865

9) Johnston, ignoring instructions from President Davis, agreed to purely military terms and formally surrendered his army and all the Confederate forces in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida, becoming the largest surrender of the American Civil War.

  • True or False?

10) Sherman issued his Special Field Order. The orders provided for the settlement of 40,000 freed slaves and black refugees on land expropriated from white landowners in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Sherman appointed Brig. Gen. Rufus Saxton, an abolitionist from Massachusetts who had previously directed the recruitment of black soldiers, to implement that plan. Those orders, which became the basis of the claim that the Union government had promised freed slaves "40 acres and a mule", were revoked later that year by President Andrew Johnson. What was the Special Field Order?

  • No. 1
  • No. 15
  • No. 25

Where is William T. Sherman buried?


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

  1. Uncle Billy
  2. Joseph E. Johnston
  3. June 27, 1864
  4. True
  5. John Bell Hood
  6. True
  7. December 21, 1864
  8. February 17, 1865
  9. True
  10. No. 15

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