First Day at Gettysburg Quiz

Test your knowledge of the July 1 fighting at Gettysburg

1. Why did mighty armies converge upon Gettysburg in the summer of 1863?

  • Shoes
  • Ladies
  • Food
  • Roads


2. Soldiers from whose Union cavalry division were positioned north and west of Gettysburg on the morning of July 1?

  • George A. Custer
  • David M. Gregg
  • John Buford
  • William Gamble

3. A soldier from which regiment is credited with firing the first shot of the Battle of Gettysburg?

  • 1st Michigan Cavalry
  • 2nd New York Artillery
  • 8th Illinois Cavalry
  • 24th Michigan


4. Which of the following terrain features did NOT figure prominently in the first day’s action?

  • The Railroad cut
  • Willoughby’s Run
  • Plum Run
  • Barlow’s Knoll


5. The quote “I am not glad to see you by a damned sight”  is associated with which two generals?

  • Abner Doubleday and James Archer
  • George Meade and Robert E. Lee
  • John B. Gordon and Francis Barlow
  • Alfred Iverson and Henry Baxter


6. What distinctive headgear was worn by the Iron Brigade?

  • Deer tails on forage caps
  • Hardee Hats
  • Slouch Hats
  • Brain Buckets


7. Col. Henry Morrow is to Gen. Solomon Meredith as Col. Henry K. Burgwyn is to____?

  • Gen. J.J. Pettigrew
  • Gen. Joseph Davis
  • Gen. Edward Johnson
  • Capt. Frank Haskell


McPherson Barn Article8. What was the name of this famous First Day barn?

  • Wills
  • McPherson
  • Herbst
  • Alms



9. After a lull in the battle, a division under which Confederate commander renewed the assault from Oak Hill?

  • Dorsey Pender
  • Edward Johnson
  • James Lane
  • Robert Rodes


10. Who was the highest ranking officer killed at Gettysburg?

  • Dan Sickles
  • John Reynolds
  • Dorsey Pender
  • Lewis Armistead


11. Which of the following states was NOT represented in the Iron Brigade at Gettysburg?

  • Indiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin


12. Which Confederate general was hit in the head with a  bullet in McPherson's Woods but lived to tell the tale?

  • James Archer
  • Henry Heth
  • Alfred Iverson
  • Richard Ewell


13. What local citizen was popularly known as the “Hero of Gettysburg” for actions on the First Day’s Field?

  • Michael Jacobs
  • David Wills
  • John Burns
  • Jennie Wade


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