William T. Sherman: Civil War Mid-1863 to 1865
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) 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� 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."
5) Sherman's Atlanta Campaign concluded successfully on September 2,
1864, with the capture of Atlanta, left abandoned. Who was the Confederate
- 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.
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.
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?