Civil War Quiz: What Did the Southern Home Front Have to Deal With?
Q#1 – At the beginning of the Civil War, approximately what percentage of Southern families owned slaves?
Q#2 – At the bottom of the Southern economic ladder were 2 million or so impoverished whites; what nicknames were they called?
Q#3 – What employment exclusion of the 1862 Confederate conscription act establishing a military draft was most often violated by draft boards attempting to meet their draft quotas?
Q#4 – At the start of the Civil War, the North had approximately 22,000 miles of railroad tracks. How many miles existed in the South?
Q#5 – As the war continued, food shortages across the South increased resulting in skyrocketing inflation. For example, during the winter of 1864, in Richmond, what was the cost for a pound of bacon?
Q#6 – What were the two main reasons why so many of the South’s 260 institutions of higher learning closed during the Civil War?
Q#7 – What recurring theme regarding slavery permeated the homilies of Southern ministers at their Sunday church sessions?
Q#8 – The Civil War radically changed the role of women in Southern society. What was the prevailing role for women before the war?
Q#9 – The vast majority of Southerners differed dramatically on exactly what they were fighting for. Where were the origins of Southern loyalty planted?
Q#10 – What two actions by the Confederate Congress in 1863 had a devastating impact of the food supply throughout the South?
Q#11 – What type of graft was very common among Confederate Commissary units?
Q#12 – What Union general became known as the “Beast of New Orleans”?
Q#13 – When the Confederate Congress approved printing money that was not backed up by gold, what process was implemented that (unsuccessfully as it turned out) would reduce counterfeiting?
Q#14 – In 1864, in a desperate effort to replace huge losses in their armies, how did the Confederate government revise its draft laws?
Q#15 – During the period October 1, 1864, to January 1865, how many Confederate soldiers deserted their armies?