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Brush up Civil War knowledge with quiz before VC's conference

By KBell
Oct. 18, 2011 at 5:18 a.m.


Victoria College is commemorating the 150th anniversary of America's bloodiest war with a three-day conference.

"The Civil War in Texas: Changing Interpretations after 150 Years" conference will host scholars and lecturers who will discuss how the war impacted South Texas and political sentiments in the late 1800s.

Lecture topics include "Standing in the Shadows: The Innocent Victims of the War," "Texas Women in the Civil War Era," "Victoria Units That Served in the War" and "German Loyalty." VC also will welcome its second Lyceum Lecture Series speaker, Terry Alford.

Alford is a scholar on John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln assassination. His work has earned him appearances on "20/20" ABC News, the History Channel and PBS.

In anticipation for the conference, which starts Thursday, we encourage you to brush up on your Civil War knowledge with this just-for-fun quiz:

  1. What years did the Civil War span?

  2. Where were the first shots of the Civil War fired? When were they fired and by which army?

  3. Who was president of the Confederate states?

  4. Who led the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia?

  5. Who was the final leader of the Union army? Bonus question: Which dollar bill features his face?

  6. Which executive order issued by Abraham Lincoln declared the freedom of slaves in America?

  7. Which constitutional amendment abolished slavery?

  8. Finish this quote: "Government of the people, by the people, for the people ..."

  9. Who said those words, and during which speech were they said?

  10. Where was Abraham Lincoln assassinated?

  11. Was Lincoln assassinated before or after Robert E. Lee's surrender? And by how long?

  12. What's the name of the geographic line most commonly associated with the division of north and south states?

  13. Which 11 states seceded from the Union?

  14. What was the first battle of the Civil War? Bonus: Who won that battle?

How did you do?

Less than 5 right: It's time to enroll in Michael Hummel's Victoria College history course

5-8 right: Not bad. Have you watched the Ken Burns PBS documentary lately?

8-11 right: You're a bonafide history buff. Will we see you at the next Civil War re-enactment?

More than 11 right: You should apply to take Professor's Hummel's spot after he retires. Better start growing that white beard.

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