Special Sub-Topic: Lincoln's Generals
|What was the name of the man Lincoln appointed a general because he got a kick out his name?|
Alexander Schimmelfenning. He was born in Prussia and was part of the army corps recruited from Pennsylvania. Other than his name, his other attributes were not impressive.
|What man did the influential Germans of Pennsylvania pester Lincoln to appoint as a general? |
Samuel Heintzelman. He was a regular army officer and a graduate of West Point in 1826. He proved to be an ineffective field commander, although brave in battle.
|What general did Lincoln find disappointment in when his fighting abilities equaled his stature rather than his ego?|
George McClellan. He was known as the Young Napoleon or "Little Mac", and was a superb organizer and trainer of troops. However, he was overly cautious and battle shy. He was later Governor of New Jersey. Lincoln once said "He's got the slows.".
|What was the surname of the Union general Don Carlos?|
Buell. He was an able and generally successful commander of the Army of Ohio. He was succeeded in command by William Rosecrans.
|What general had the nickname "Old Brains"?|
Henry Halleck. He was favored by "Old Fuss and Feathers" Winfield Scott whom he succeeded as General-In-Chief of the Union Army. Lincoln considered him nothing more than a glorified clerk and his other nickname was "Old Woodenhead".
|What general had the nickname "Cump"?|
William Tecumseh Sherman & Sherman & William Sherman. Sherman became the second full-rank general in U.S. history after Grant. His Irish temper and red hair were fabled.
|General John C. Fremont was the first Republican Party candidate for President of the U.S.|
t. He was the first candidate of the newly formed Republican Party in 1856. He was a total failure as a Union general.
|What general was related by marriage to the family of Abraham Lincoln?|
John Pope. He was related by marriage to Mary Todd Lincoln, Abraham's wife. He failed in the command of the Army of Virginia but remained on active duty until 1886.
|What general succeeded Ambrose Burnside in command of the Army of the Potomac?|
Joseph Hooker. Known as "Fighting Joe", popular legend has it that his last name became associated with the prostitutes following his army.
|Which of the following was not a politician-turned-general?|
George Thomas. The politicians were disasters as generals. Banks had been governor of Massachusetts as was Butler eventually. McClernand was a U.S. Congressman from Illinois. Thomas, perhaps the very best Union general, was a career army officer who became known as the "Rock of Chickamauga".
|What general was known as "Baldy"?|
William F. Smith. He was less bald than many of his fellow generals. He was highly valued as an engineer officer by Grant, Sherman, and Thomas.
|What general was highly prized by Lincoln, particularly for his skill at draw poker?|
Robert Schenck. He was a major general, a corps commander, U.S. congressman from Ohio, and a renowned diplomat. He wrote a treatise on draw poker.
|What general lost a limb at the Battle of Gettysburg? |
Daniel Sickles. He lost his right leg and his III Corps in the Peach Orchard fight. His command was virtually wiped out by Longstreet's assault.
|Lincoln's Vice President, Andrew Johnson, was a Union general during the Civil War.|
t. As brigadier general, he was military governor of Tennessee in 1862. He became Vice President in 1865.
|General William H. Seward Jr. was the son of Lincoln's Secretary of State.|
t. In 1864, he became one of the youngest general officers in the Union army. Born in 1839, only six full-rank general officers of the Union army survived him when he died in 1920.
|What do these following generals have in common: John Scofield, Nelson Miles, and Henry Halleck?|
They all were the General -In- Chief of the U.S. Army. Halleck-GIC-1861-1864; Schofield-GIC-1888-1895; Miles-GIC-1888-1903.
|Who was the only Regular Army general from the Civil War killed by the American Indians?|
Edward Canby. Canby was murdered by Captain Jack and the Modoc Indians in 1873. Custer was a Major General of Volunteers during the Civil War and only a Lieutenant Colonel in the Regular Army.
|General Robert Buchanan was a nephew of U.S. President James Buchanan.|
f. He was the nephew by marriage to President John Quincy Adams.
|General Napoleon Bonaparte Buford was the brother of the cavalry leader who first engaged the Confederates at Gettysburg.|
t. Napoleon was the half-brother of Union General John Buford.
|Cassius Clay was a Union general during the Civil War.|
t. Cassius Marcellus Clay was born in Kentucky. He rebelled against authority at an early age and had difficult relations with just about everyone. He hated slavery. Why does this sound so familiar?
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