Second Manassas Quiz

Test your knowledge of this 1862 battle in Virginia

The Deep Cut
Monument at the Deep Cut - Second Manassas Battlefield


1.    In late June 1862, Maj. Gen. John Pope, was appointed to lead a new Union Army in the east.  What was the name of his new command?

  • The Army of Columbia
  • The Army of the Potomac
  • The Army of the Rappahannock
  • The Army of the Shenandoah
  • The Army of Virginia


2.    This battle in Culpeper County is considered the opening engagement of Robert E. Lee’s campaign to “suppress” Pope:

  • The Battle of Brandy Station
  • The Battle of Cedar Mountain
  • The Battle of Chantilly
  • The Battle of Kelly's Ford
  • The Battle of Rappahannock Station


3.    While his troops enjoyed the fruits of their raid on the Union supply depot at Manassas Junction, Stonewall Jackson claimed that he feared what “more than General Pope’s Army”?

  • Displeasing General Lee
  • God's vengeance
  • Hunger
  • Liquor
  • McClellan's Army of the Potomac


4.    Pope’s failure to secure this crucial gap in the Bull Run Mountains allowed Lee to reunite his army.

  • Aldie Gap
  • Fox's Gap
  • Hopewell Gap
  • Ringgold Gap
  • Thoroughfare Gap


5.    Civil War battles were often known by multiple names.  Which of the following is NOT an alternate name for Second Manassas?

  • The Battle of Brawner's Farm
  • The Battle of Gainesville
  • The Battle of Groveton
  • The Battle of Ox Hill
  • The Second Battle of Bull Run


6.  The savage firefight at the Brawner Farm was the baptism of fire for Brig. Gen. John Gibbon’s brigade of Wisconsin and Indiana troops.  What nickname did Gibbon’s Midwesterners earn as a result of their performance on August 28, 1862?

  • The Brawner Brigade
  • The Cold Steel Brigade
  • The Daredevil Brigade
  • The Iron Brigade
  • The Lightning Brigade


7.    Which famous Confederate General lost a leg in the fight a Brawner’s Farm?

  • Richard S. Ewell
  • A. P. Hill
  • John B. Hood
  • Stonewall Jackson
  • Isaac Trimble


8.    Which of the following is NOT a feature of the Second Manassas battlefield?

  • Brawner's Farm
  • Chinn Ridge
  • Groveton Woods
  • Horseshoe Ridge
  • Sudley Ford


9.    Late in the evening of August 29, 1862, lead elements of Longstreet’s wing clashed with Federals around this small settlement near Manassas:

  • Centreville
  • Gainesville
  • Groveton
  • Sudley Church
  • Warrenton


10.    Fitz John Porter’s Fifth Corps suffered severe casualties as a result of its August 30 attack on Stonewall Jackson’s troops.  Jackson’s position owed much of its strength to which unique feature of the Second Manassas Battlefield.

  • Henry House Hill
  • Matthews Hill
  • Stony Ridge
  • An Unfinished Railroad
  • The Warrenton Turnpike


11.    During the desperate fight between Porter’s and Jackson’s men on August 30, many Southerners, low on ammunition, resorted to these primitive weapons to stave off the Yankee attackers:

  • Hatchets
  • Rocks
  • Sharpened Sticks
  • Shovels
  • All of the above


12.    Pope’s failure to adequately guard his left flank on August 30 left his army vulnerable to attack.  For a time, only a small brigade of Union troops under Col. Gouverneur K. Warren stood in the way the Confederate host.  Which of these regiments was decimated in their attempt to stop the Rebel onslaught?

  • The 1st Minnesota
  • The 24th Michigan
  • The 5th New York
  • The 149th Pennsylvania
  • The 2nd Wisconsin


13.    With the hope of destroying Pope’s army once and for all, Robert E. Lee ordered James Longstreet’s wing to attack the Federals’ vulnerable left flank.  Which First Manassas landmark did Lee set as Longstreet’s objective point?

  • Henry House Hill
  • Matthews Hill
  • Portici
  • The Stone Bridge
  • The Stone House


14.    After the battle, which Union corps commander was court-martialed for disloyalty, disobedience and misconduct in the face of the enemy?

  • Philip Kearny
  • Irvin McDowell
  • Fitz John Porter
  • Franz Sigel
  • Edwin Sumner


15.    In spite of its significance, the Manassas Battlefield has faced—and continues to face—a number of preservation challenges.  Which of the following has NOT been a threat to the Manassas Battlefield?

  • A proposed Disney-themed attraction
  • Proposed widening of highways 66 and 29
  • The establishment of the Stonewall Gardens Cemetery within the park boundary.
  • The construction of a shopping mall at Sudley Springs Ford.
  • The erection of power lines on the battlefield.


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