Civil War Quiz: What Do You Know About Union Admirals David Dixon Porter and David Farragut?
Q#1 – David Farragut was the first person to reach three ranks in the United States Navy. What were the titles of these ranks?
Q#2 – Who was David Dixon Porter’s adoptive brother?
Q#3 – When David Porter began his naval service as a midshipman at the age of 10 years, what was the name of the relative he served under?
Q#4 – After the war, David Farragut oversaw the construction of the first U.S. Navy base established on the Pacific Ocean. What was the name of this base?
Q#5 – In 1824, Farragut was placed in command of USS Ferret and served in the Mosquito Fleet. What was the purpose of this fleet?
Q#6 – As part of the Navy Department’s plans to open the Mississippi River during the Civil War, what where the names of the two Confederate forts on the Mississippi River that Porter bombarded beginning on April 18, 1862?
Q#7 – In February, 1862, as part of the Union “Anaconda Plan”, what was the name of the command that Farragut was given command of?
Q#8 – The March 15, 1863, attack on Port Hudson failed and resulted in Farragut’s flotilla incurring heavy damage to his warships because of what unilateral decision made by Farragut?
Q#9 – Porter was not held in high regard by which of President Lincoln’s Cabinet secretaries who called Porter “a gas bag … blowing his own trumpet and stealing credit which belongs to others”?
Q#10 – What was the reason that Porter was not in favor of the March 1864 Red River Expedition led by General Nathaniel P. Banks?
Q#11 – On August 5, 1864, Farragut won a great victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay and is famous for being quoted for the phrase “Damn the torpedoes….. full speed ahead”. What incident during the battle caused Farragut to make this statement?
Q#12 – By late summer 1864, what was the name of the only Confederate port open for running the blockade that Porter was ordered to close?
Q#13 – As part of the January 13, 1865, attack on Fort Fisher, Porter imposed what new methods of bombardment for his warships?
Q#14 – In 1890 Porter became the founding president of what organization?
Q#15 – What was the name of Farragut’s last active naval command and what special honor was he accorded after he retired?