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Civil War Jeopardy
10: Date and time of Lincoln’s death (4/15/65 7:22am)
20: Name of play Lincoln was attending and in what theatre (Our American Cousin, Ford’s
30: John Wilkes Booth caught his spur on what, broke what when he leapt to the stage, and
yelled what once on stage? (flag, left shin/leg, sic semper tyrannis or the south is avenged)
40: How and where did they capture Booth and what were his last words (in tobacco barn, set it
on fire, shot him in the neck, useless, useless)
**50: Describe Booth’s master plan to take down the govt.-- who did he and his men plan to
kill that night besides Lincoln? (kill VP Johnson, kill sec. of state seward-- also Grant if he was
with Lincoln)
Beginnings, Basics and Anecdotes:
10: In whose yard was Arlington national cemetery started and why (Lee)
*20(5): The union named battles after what, and confederates after what? For 5 extra points,
what is the confederate name for Antietam? (N= rivers and streams, S= towns, Sharpsburg)
**30: Name the first Southern state to secede and tell me, all told, how many states were in the
union and confed during the war (S. Carolina, 23 and 11)
40: List three advantages the N has at the start of war; two advantages the S has (N= double
pop, more rr lines, banks/finances, factories etc….. S= home court, better military leadership,
50: Name the first major battle of the war, tell me who won and two reasons why they won-- be
specific: (Manassas or Bull Run, S won, spy + reinforcements + Thomas Jackson helped force
Union retreat, union overconfident)
**10: The battle of Gettysburg started because a confederate soldier was looking for what
20: the battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the war, took place on which dates in what year
(July 1,2,3 1863)
30: During the 2nd and 3rd days of fighting, the union troops and confed. were positioned on two
ridges. Name them (u=cemetery, c=seminary)
40: Describe Pickett’s charge with 3 facts (softened lines for 2 hrs, 15k men, marched across ¾
of a mile, rectangle of men as a mile wide and ½ mile deep, only 200 reached the angle etc.)
50: What was the featured speaker’s name at Gettysburg cemetery dedication? How long did he
speak? How long did Lincoln speak? What is a score? (Edward Everett, 2 hours, 2 min, 20
10: List the #1 reason why lee surrendered his army: (low on supplies-- most important supply
he was low on?????)
**20: Describe Lee and Grant were dressed at the surrender, and how this spoke to their
personalities -- (Lee=gentlemen, Grant=common man)
30: date of surrender, city, state, and specific place within city (April 9, 1865, Appomattox
Court House VA, McLean’s parlor)
40: Any two facts about the surrender at App. with the exception of how they were dressed
(Which general was late getting to the meeting? How did the two men know one another?
How did grant react when lee surrendered? Grant asked Lee for surrender)
50: Give three terms of surrender –25k rations doesn’t count ( can go home if they promise
never to fight against country again/swear allegiance to north, confeds have to give up arms and
supplies but can keep own horses, officers can keep side arms)
10: In Nov. of 1864, Sherman began his march to the sea through which state and from what
city to what city (GA, Atlanta to Savannah)
20: For how many months did the Union besiege Petersburg and what city did they go on to
capture next? (9-10 and Richmond)
30: List three problems facing the 54th mass-- be specific…racism won’t cut it! (manual labor,
supplies, lower pay, killed if captured)
**40: Define total war and describe three ways that Sherman utilized the concept of total war (
rr lines, killed civilians, burned, killed livestock, looted)
50: After what battle did Lincoln issue the emanc. Proc (he had been waiting for a victory)?
What was the emancip. Proc.? What was its impact on the N/how did it change the war for
them? What impact did the emanc proc have on the S? (Antietam, freed slaves in S, n=changed
meaning of war, S= nothing…but knew if they lost slavery was done-- a harbinger of things to