April 12, 2011, marked the 150 year anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. The war was fought between 1861-65 and it was on this day that the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter, near Charleston, South Carolina. Although no one was killed it was the first of many long battles over a 5 year period. The skirmish sent the fragile country that was struggling to hold itself together after Lincoln took office, into full-blown war. When the fighting ended in 1865, over 620,000 soldiers lost their lives, 3.5 million slaves were freed and the United States was ready for a rebirth. There is still much debate about the causes of the Civil War, it’s relevancy today and the issues that surrounded it. Regardless of what can still be said, today is a day to honor the brave men and women who died during that time, fighting for what they believed in.
For those interested in learning more about the American Civil War, please check out Civil War Info-Net.
Already a history buff, or rather, think you are? Here are a few more interesting and educational quizzes about the American Civil War, as well at a few Civil War’s fought from around the world. Enjoy!
Civil War Quizzes
America is not the only country to see Civil War. While searching for interesting Civil War quizzes for this blog, I found a few others that deal with civil wars fought in other countries. Check some of these out and if you feel that something is missing, feel free to contribute a quiz about your own country and it’s heritage.
- Civil Wars from Around the World
- The English Civil War 1642-1646
- The War of Roses
- 20th Century Civil Wars