Quiz for April 29, 2014

Civil War Generals

Q#1 – What general commanded Union forces at the Battle of First Bull Run?

Q#2 – Who commanded Confederate forces at the First Battle of Kernstown, which was fought on March 23, 1862?

Q#3 – What Union general commanded the Army of the Ohio at the Battle of Shiloh?

Q#4 – At the Battle of Shiloh, who was Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston’s second in command?

Q#5 – During the Seven Days Battle, was Union General Joseph Hooker a corps or division commander?

Q#6 – At what battle was Joseph E. Johnston wounded that led to his replacement by Robert E. Lee?

Q#7 – Who was the Union commander of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron that led to the capture of the City of New Orleans?

Q#8 – Who was the Confederate commander during the Union siege of Vicksburg in 1863?

Q#9 – What was the name of the Union cavalry commander who led a raid through Mississippi during April-May 1863?

Q#10 – Who was the Confederate division commanding general that Robert E. Lee left at Fredericksburg in May 1863 when Lee split his army prior to the Battle of Chancellorsville?

Q#11 – In Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg, who were the Confederate generals who replaced the wounded Harry Heth and Dorsey Pender?

Q#12 – Who was the Union commander at the Battle of Chickamauga?

Q#13 – Who was the Confederate corps commander whose troops defended the Bloody Angle on May 12 at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House?

Q#14 – Who became the commander of the Union Army of the Shenandoah in September 1864?

Q#15 – What was the name of the sole Confederate office who accompanied Robert E. Lee when the surrender documents were signed in the McLean House at Appomattox Courthouse on April 9, 1865? (Note: He was not a general.)

Quiz for March 25, 2014

What Happened During the Month of March 1861-1865?

Q#1 – What major political event occurred on March 4, 1861?

Q#2 – On March 15, 1861, Lincoln met with his Cabinet to make a decision regarding what Union military location?

Q#3 – What was the name of the battle that was fought on March 7-8, 1862, where Union forces won a victory in Arkansas?

Q#4 – What pivotal naval engagement occurred during March 8/9, 1862?

Q#5 – What battle took place on March 28, 1862, in New Mexico Territory?

Q#6 – What action did the US Congress perform on March 3, 1863, that affected the staffing of the Union armies?

Q#7 – What happened on March 2, 1864, regarding a change in Union Commanders?

Q#8 – What was adopted by the Confederate Congress on March 4, 1864?

Q#9 – On March 9, 1864, what action did General Henry Halleck voluntarily take that affected the command authority of US Grant?

Q#10 – What Union military campaign located in the western portion of the country began on March 10, 1864?

Q#11 – What happened on March 17, 1864, that affected William Tecumseh Sherman’s command authority?

Q#12 – What action did President Lincoln take on March 21, 1864, that affected Nevada and Colorado?

Q#13 – What major political event occurred on March 4, 1865?

Q#14 – During March 19-21, 1865, what battle was fought in North Carolina?

Q#15 – On March 25, 1865, what major military Confederate action was initiated?

Meeting of February 25, 2014

Tom Roza on ”The Swamp Angels: Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment”

Robert Gould Shaw (Wikipedia)

The 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers was an infantry regiment that saw extensive service in the Union Army during the Civil War. The regiment was one of the first official African American units in the United States during the Civil War. They were nicknamed the “Swamp Angels” because being a “colored” regiment, they were assigned duty in the swampy lowlands of South Carolina and Florida.

Robert Gould was a military officer in the Union Army during the Civil War. And as Colonel, he was the first commander of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment. Shaw was born in Boston into a wealthy family of abolitionists parents and he was approached by his father to take command of a new All-Black Regiment. After some hesitation, he accepted the position. Shaw was deeply impressed with the dedication of the men under his command and he grew to respect them as fine soldiers.

While the movie Glory did an exceptional job of telling the story of Gould and the 54th Massachusetts, Tom’s presentation told a more complete story of the first Negro regiment and the man who led them. Continue reading

Quiz for February 25, 2014

Jefferson Davis

Q#1 – What is the birthday of Jefferson Davis?

Q#2 – What national political offices did Jefferson Davis hold before the start of the Civil War?

Q#3 – What was the name of the 800-acre plantation on the Mississippi River owned by Jefferson Davis?

Q#4 – When was Jefferson Davis elected President of the Confederate States?

Q#5 – On February 11, 1861, what did both Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln do?

Q#6 – On what date was Jefferson Davis inaugurated President of the Confederate States of America?

Q#7 – Who was the only Jewish member of the group that functioned as a cabinet for Confederate president Jefferson Davis?

Q#8 – The first stamp of the Confederacy was green in color, made in London, and displayed a picture of Jefferson Davis. How much was the stamp worth?

Q#9 – Which famous Episcopal Bishop, who was a friend of Jefferson Davis, traded his religious robes to become a commander in the Confederate Army?

Q#10 – What personal tragedy struck President Jefferson Davis and his wife Varina on April 30, 1864?

Q#11 – President Jefferson Davis was rumored to be dressed as a woman during his capture by Union armies on May 10, 1865. How was this untrue legend probably started?

Q#12 – How many days did Confederate President Jefferson Davis spend at Fort Monroe prison?

Q#13 – What was the amount of bail paid to release Jefferson Davis from Federal prison in 1867?

Q#14 – Jefferson Davis was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1875, but was denied his seat. What prevented Davis from becoming a US Senator again?

Q#15 – On what date did Jefferson Davis die?

Meeting of January 28, 2014

Jim Rhetta on “Attack and Die: Cultural Impacts on Combat in the Civil War”

Jim Rhetta

Jim Rhetta

Jim presented the idea that the Civil War was also a conflict between two different cultures. These different cultures had separate traditions, values, and concepts of waging war that shaped their battlefield decisions and actions. The results of these cultural influences are evident in the Confederate Army’s preference to conduct attacks and suffer a disproportionate level of casualties that strongly contributed to their ultimate defeat.

Jim Rhetta retired from Lockheed Corp, and also retired from the USAF Reserve as a Colonel in the Intelligence Community. In both careers he monitored, analyzed and reported on global conflicts and crisis for the DoD Community. He continues to study both current events and historical subjects for their impacts on us today.

Meeting Minutes January 2014


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?

Meeting of November 26, 2013

John Herberich reported on the “2013 West Coast Civil War Roundtable Conference”

John Herberich

John Herberich

John cruised to Mexico with other West Coasters for this year’s Civil War Roundtable Conference and presented a report on the program and festivities.

Meeting of October 29, 2013

Major Arthur Henrick on “Lincoln in the Telegraph Office”

Arthur Henrick

Arthur Henrick

We have all seen the movie Lincoln and can recall the scenes in the telegraph office with the young soldiers. Major Arthur Henrick presented a review of the 1907 book by Homer Bates, Lincoln in the Telegraph Office, a light hearted and interesting view of Lincoln telling stories while reading telegraphs in the War Department.

Meeting Minutes October 2013

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?