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Shiloh Quiz

Test your knowledge of this great Civil War battle in Tennessee

Shiloh - 2nd Tennessee Monument1.  Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman used this landing spot on the Tennessee River in March of 1862 to move his Union division to the opposite bank.  The name of this landing spot is also an alternate name for the Battle of Shiloh.

  •   Savannah
  •   Port Gibson
  •   Pittsburg Landing
  •   Crump’s Landing
  •   Port Donelson

 

2.  Sherman’s forces established their camps inland from their landing position on the Tennessee.  Amongst this camp site was the feature that would give its name to the Battle of Shiloh.  What was that feature?

  •   The Shiloh Creek
  •   The Town of Shiloh, Tennessee
  •   A small hill named Shiloh by the locals
  •   A small, rural church named Shiloh
  •   The Shiloh Road

 

3.  Prior to the sudden start to the Battle of Shiloh, where did Ulysses S. Grant and the Union high command believe most of the Confederate forces opposing them were located?

  •  Corinth, Mississippi
  •  Nashville, Tennessee
  •  Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  •  Memphis, Tennessee
  •  Mill Springs, Kentucky

 

4.  The Confederate commander of the Army of the Mississippi at Shiloh was Albert Sidney Johnston.  Which of the following is an incorrect statement regarding Johnston’s life?

  •   At the start of the Civil War, Jefferson Davis thought he was the finest general in the Confederacy
  •   Johnston graduated just behind Robert E. Lee in the West Point class of 1841
  •   Johnston was a native of Kentucky and attended Transylvania University
  •   Johnston was a Brig. General during the 1836 Texas War of Independence from Mexico
  •   At the outbreak of the Civil War, Johnston commanded the US Army Department of the Pacific in California

 

5.  The unified Confederate Army of the Mississippi was eager to strike the isolated Union Army of the Tennessee on or about April 4, 1862.  Which of the following was not a reason for why the Confederates were seriously delayed?

  •   Confederate senior commanders were inexperienced in maneuvering large army formations
  •   Many inexperienced soldiers ruined their 5-days rations, others failed to get food at all
  •   Several of the Confederate railroad tracks leading to the attack zone were disrupted by Federal cavalry
  •   Severe rains turned the country roads to mud
  •   Botched staff orders led to many traffic jams along the narrow country roads

 

6.  Early on the morning of April 6, 1862, after hearing the first salvos of the Battle of Shiloh, Confederate general Albert Sidney Johnston made this bold declaration

  •   Tonight I will sleep in Grant’s tent
  •   Tonight we will have Grant as our dinner guest!
  •   Tonight we will water our horses in the Tennessee
  •   My loyal legions, let us avenge Donelson and Henry!
  •   Tonight we will sup on Yankee coffee and biscuit!

 

7.  Early in the morning of April 6, 1862, Union Col. Everett Peabody of Prentiss’ Sixth Division undertook this important action….. that almost led his superior to relieve him of duty on the spot.

  •   He sent a telegram to General Grant complaining of the poor disposition of the Union line
  •   Sensing danger Peabody immediately moved his units to the rear
  •   Peabody would begin to create a strong line of felled trees
  •   Peabody would send forth a spy who infiltrated the Confederate lines
  •   Peabody sent forth a reconnaissance in force that would discover the attacking Confederate army.

 

8.  The Union forces who stoutly opposed the Confederate advance across Duncan Field occupied this famous position.  The name is probably a more modern invention.

  •   The Sunken Road
  •   The Peach Orchard
  •   Hell’s Hollow
  •   Snake Creek
  •   The Bloody Pond

 

9.  While attending to the placement of Confederate forces near the Peach Orchard, Maj. Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston was mortally wounded at 2:30pm.  Who replaced Johnston as commander of the Confederate forces at Shiloh?

Cleburne Question 9
                  
Hardee Question 9
                  
Beauregard Question 9
                  
Bragg Question 9
                  

 

10.  After repeated attempts by Confederate infantry to break the Union line near Duncan Field were beaten back,  this famous assembly of cannon was ordered to blast the Union position

  •   Johnston’s Iron Brigade
  •   Ruggles Battery
  •   The Washington Artillery
  •   Pillow’s Flying Artillery
  •   Hardee’s Battery

 

11.  After being encircled, this Union general and 2,300 Union soldiers in the Hornet’s Nest surrendered to their Confederate attackers late on April 6, 1862:

  •   John McClernand
  •   Stephen Hurlbut
  •   Alexander McCook
  •   William “Bull” Nelson
  •   Benjamin Prentiss

 

12.  The timely arrival of the Union Army of the Ohio on the night of April 6, 1862 gave Grant the ability to unleash a mighty counterattack the following morning. Who commanded the Army of the Ohio at Shiloh?

Hooker Question 12
                  
Buell Question 12
                  
Wallace Question 12
                  
Sherman Question 12
                  

 

13.  Two Union gunboats helped to bolster the Union line by firing their large naval guns at the advancing Confederate forces.  Name those two ships.

  •   USS Tyler and USS Lexington
  •   USS Lexington and USS Concord
  •   USS Cairo and USS Carondolet
  •   USS Tyler and USS Yorktown
  •   USS Minnehaha and USS Tecumseh

 

14.  Despite the wide-spread Union success in driving the Confederates from the battlefield on April 7, 1862, this Union general would take command of the Union forces at Shiloh from U.S. Grant?

  •   John Pope
  •   Henry Halleck
  •   James McPherson
  •   William Rosecrans
  •   George Thomas

 

15.  The Battle of Shiloh was the first battle of the American Civil War to produce an enormous number of casualties. With regard to the casualties at Shiloh which statement is untrue?

  •   In terms of total dead and wounded, Shiloh’s casualty figures eclipsed all previous Civil War battles combined.
  •   The Battle of Shiloh produced more total casualties than the Battle of Antietam
  •   The Union lost approximately 14,500 soldiers and the Confederacy lost roughly 12,000 during the battle
  •   Union generals Lew Wallace, W.H.L. Wallace, and Benjamin Prentiss were all killed or captured during the battle
  •   Many of the Confederate dead at Shiloh would be unceremoniously placed in several burial trenches on the battlefield

 

 

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