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Quiz for January 28, 2014

This month’s quiz by Tom Roza is not based on a previous meeting presentation, but on a general topic of interest to the membership.

The Emancipation Proclamation

Q#1 – Where did President Lincoln write his draft of the Emancipation Proclamation?

Q#2 – Was the Emancipation Proclamation legislation that was passed by Congress and signed into law by the President or an Executive Order issued by the President?

Q#3 – Which States were affected by the Emancipation Proclamation?

Q#4 – Of the 4 million slaves in the United States at the time the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, how may slaves were affected by it?

Q#5 – On what date did the Emancipation Proclamation take effect?

Q#6 – Prior to the Emancipation Proclamation, what was the name of the Federal law that directed that escaped slaves were either returned to their masters or held in camps as contraband for later return?

Q#7 – Prior to the Emancipation Proclamation, what was President Lincoln’s mission regarding the Civil war?

Q#8 – Was the Emancipation Proclamation ever challenged in court?

Q#9 – From a constitutional perspective, prior to the Emancipation Proclamation, how were slaves viewed?

Q#10 – Why were New Orleans, Tennessee and the 48 counties that eventually became West Virginia exempted from the Emancipation Proclamation?

Q#11 – Did the Emancipation Proclamation make slavery illegal?

Q#12 – What advice did Secretary of War Edwin Stanton give to President Lincoln regarding when to issue Emancipation Proclamation?

Q#13 – What did President Lincoln tell his Cabinet members on what influenced his decision as to when to issue the Emancipation Proclamation?

Q#14 – What was the reaction of foreign countries to the Emancipation Proclamation?

Q#15 – To ensure the abolition of slavery in all of the United States, what legislative action did President Lincoln push passage for?

Quiz for November 26, 2013

Based on “Lincoln in the Telegraph Office” by Major Arthur Henrick

Q#1 – What historical document did President Lincoln write in the Telegraph Office?

Q#2 – What was the purchasing power of a $10 bill in 1862?

Q#3 – In what state was Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton born?

Q#4 – What did Union telegraph operators do to mislead the Confederates who had tapped into and were intercepting Union telegraph messages?

Q#5 – What was the name of Lincoln’s trusted personal secretary?

Q#6 – What was the legal age limit to join the Union Army without parental consent?

Q#7 – What was President Lincoln’s favorite color for the majority of the clothes he wore?

Q#8 – What term did President Lincoln use to refer to the Civil War?

Q#9 – How much money was Mrs. Lincoln given to fix up the White House?

Q#10 – By what term did Mrs. Lincoln most often refer to her husband when speaking with him?

Q#11 – What technique did President frequently use to kill a bill that he disagreed with?

Q#12 – What beverage did Lincoln find in the Telegraph Office after news came in reporting victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg?

Q#13 – What insect in the Telegraph Office frequently caught Lincoln’s attention when he visited there?

Q#14 – What phrase did Lincoln use to indicate that he had completed reading all the telegraph messages that had been received that day?

Q#15 – What is the only recorded time when Lincoln used a swear word?

Quiz for October 29, 2013

Based on the “History of the 4th US Cavalry at the Battle of Chickamauga” by John Herberich

Q#1 – What major city is within 12 miles of the Chickamauga battlefield?

Q#2 – What was the name of the Confederate Army that fought at the Battle of Chickamauga?

Q#3 – Who commanded the 4th US Cavalry at the Battle of Chickamauga?

Q#4 – What nickname was given to the 4th US Cavalry because of their battle tactics?

Q#5 – Who commanded the Union Army of the Cumberland?

Q#6 – What significant defensive fortification did the Confederates troops construct at the Battle of Shelbyville?

Q#7 – What unit joined the 4th US Cavalry in a charge against Confederate lines at the Battle of Shelbyville?

Q#8 – What Union general’s Medal of Honor picture was shown during John Herberich’s presentation?

Q#9 – What unusual behavior did a majority of the citizens of the town of Shelbyville demonstrate during the battle?

Q#10 – What was Union General Thomas Crittenden’s reaction to Colonel Robert Minty’s report on Confederate troop positions near Reed’s Bridge?

Q#11 – Who was the commander of the Confederate Army at the Battle of Chickamauga?

Q#12 – How many Confederate troops under the command of Bushrod Johnson did the 4th US Calvary hold off for 10 hours at Reed’s Bridge?

Q#13 – Was the 4th US Calvary able to destroy Reed’s Bridge during their retreat maneuver?

Q#14 – What Confederate cavalry general captured Reed’s Bridge?

Q#15 – How many casualties did the 4th US Calvary suffer at the Battle of Reed’s Bridge?

Quiz for September 24, 2013

Based on “The Battle of Payne’s Farm, Nov 27, 1863: Command & Competency During the Mine Run Campaign” by Ted Savas

Q#1 – In September 1863, what change significantly weakened Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia?

Q#2 – What two roads did Union General Meade plan to use to get behind Lee’s Army?

Q#3 – What event of Mother Nature caused Meade to lose the element of surprise in getting his campaign started?

Q#4 – On Nov 27, what delayed the III Corps from joining up with the II Corps at the Robertson Tavern as planned?

Q#5 – What road did Confederate Gen. Edward “Alleghany” Johnson march his troops on to confront the Union II Corps?

Q#6 – What maneuver tactic did the 37th Virginia Regiment employ to deceive the Union forces attacking the Confederate left flank?

Q#7 – What were the names of the generals that commanded the two brigades of Confederate General Johnson’s right flank?

Q#8 – What was the significant piece of terrain that bordered on the right side of the Madison Payne Farm?

Q#9 – What was the name of the horse that was ridden by Confederate General Stafford?

Q#10 – When Confederate General Jones led his brigade to attack across the open field of Payne’s Farm, what did they encounter at the base of the hill?

Q#11 – What action did a Confederate sergeant in the 50th Virginia Regiment take when he became so upset that his troops would not attack?

Q#12 – Despite the advancement in the development of bullets used in rifles during the Civil War, what type of bullet were some Confederate soldiers still using at the Battle of Payne’s Farm?

Q#13 – What type of artillery shot did Confederate General Carpenter’s artillery battery use to thwart a Union attack on Confederate lines at the intersection of Ford Road and Jacob’s ford Road?

Q#14 – Two part question: Approximately how many casualties did the Union incur at the battle? How many for the Confederates?

Q#15 – What is the significance of the Confederate victory at Payne’s Farm?

Quiz for August 24, 2013

Based on “The Monitor and the Merrimack” by James Hollabaugh

Q#1 – How many guns did the Merrimack have?

Q#2 – What was the water draft that the Merrimack required?

Q#3 – What unique characteristic did the Monitor possess for its guns?

Q#4 – What was the water draft that the Monitor required?

Q#5 – What standing order governed the firing capability of the Monitor’s guns?

Q#6 – What was the date when the Monitor & Merrimack fought?

Q#7 – What happened to the ram on the bow of the Merrimack after it rammed the Union ship Cumberland?

Q#8 – After attacking the USS Cumberland, what was the next Union ship the Merrimack attacked?

Q#9 – In what Union Navy Yard was the Monitor constructed?

Q#10 – When the Monitor & the Merrimack engaged in battle, which ship fired the first shot?

Q#11 – What hampered both ships’ ability to accurately gauge their firing range?

Q#12 – During the battle with the Monitor, how many Confederate sailors were killed?

Q#13 – What injury did Captain Worden of the Monitor suffer?

Q#14 – What was the result of the battle between the Monitor & the Merrimack?

Q#15 – After the battle, the Monitor sailed up river to Richmond. Why did this maneuver fail?

Quiz for June 25, 2013

Based on “The Long Arm of Mr. Lincoln’s Army” by Dana Lombardy

Q#1 – What famous European general did all West Point students study?

Q#2 – At Gettysburg, what was the ratio of cannons to troops?

Q#3 – During the Civil War, what was the average number of troops required to operate a cannon?

Q#4 – What was the name of the British artillery engineer who invented case shot?

Q#5 – What was the shape of the shell used in a civil war rifled artillery cannon?

Q#6 – What was marked on each paper fuse plug used in Civil War artillery?

Q#7 – What phrase was used to describe the volume of artillery smoke that covered a battlefield?

Q#8 – At the battle of Gettysburg, what weapon caused the most casualties?

Q#9 – At the beginning of the Civil war, where did the Confederates get the majority of their cannons?

Q#10 – What was the tactical advantage to having more batteries with fewer cannon in each?

Q#11 – What was the number of cannon Union General Henry Hunt positioned along Cemetery Ridge in advance of Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg?

Q#12 – During the Confederate artillery barrage that proceeded Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg, what event E. Porter Alexander observe that made him advise General Longstreet to commence Pickett’s Charge?

Q#13 – On July 1, the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg, how many more cannons did the Confederates have when compared to the Union?

Q#14 – What was the term used when one side has more artillery than the other side?

Q#15 – Why was there no artillery reserve in Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia?