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?

Meeting of August 24, 2013

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

David Woodbury and Ted Savas

David Woodbury and Ted Savas

Ted was the featured speaker at the August picnic meeting. He was pleased to see a surprise guest, David Woodbury. These two gentlemen were among the founders of the Round Table in 1989.

Theodore P. Savas graduated from The University of Iowa College of Law in 1986 (With Distinction). He practiced law in Silicon Valley for twelve years before moving to El Dorado Hills. He co-founded Savas Woodbury Publishers (subsequently Savas Publishing) in 1990 with David Woodbury, and is the owner and managing director of Savas Beatie LLC, one of the largest independent Civil War publishers in the world. He has been teaching legal, history, and business college classes since 1992, and is the author or editor of fourteen books (published in six languages) including A Guide to the Battles of the American Revolution, Hunt and Kill: U-505 and the U-Boat War in the Atlantic, and Silent Hunters: German U-boat Commanders of World War II. While in San Jose he founded the South Bay Civil War Round Table in 1989; its first meeting of four people was held in his living room.

Meeting Minutes August 2013

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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?

Meeting of June 25, 2013

Walter Day on “The Red River Fiasco”

Walter Day

Walter Day

In March 1864, David Dixon Porter boldly started up the Red River with an overpowering naval force. Two frustrating months later, the Union admiral was lucky to re-emerge with any of his prized warships.

Walter Day is a microwave engineer who has worked in the Bay Area for 45 years. He has served as President of the Peninsula CWRT and is presently their Program Chairman. He has studied the Civil War since he was a teen and has researched his Great-Grandfather’s service with the Army of Northern Virginia. Having served as an officer in the U.S.Navy he has a more than passing interest in Naval actions of the Civil War.

Meeting Minutes June 2013

Meeting of May 28, 2013

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

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Dana Lombardy

Dana presented diagrams and data to show how the artillery evolved in the Union Army of the Potomac during the American Civil War, and compare its effectiveness to the guns used by their primary opponent, Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Gun types, numbers and organization, plus a look back at Napoleon’s artillery at Waterloo were also covered.

Tom Roza provided the following summary of Dana’s talk.

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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?