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Poems and Songs of the US Civil War
U.S. Civil War
"The US Civil War was one of the darkest eras in that nation's history. The songs and poems that came out of that time not only shed light on the war but on the feelings and fears that many felt. I hope you enjoy and learn from this little quiz."
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What Civil War leader is eulogized in Walt Whitman's poem "O Captain! My Captain!"?
What famous Union marching song honored an abolitionist who was hanged for his activities?
John Brown's Body
Frederick Douglas: A Hero
We Shall Overcome
In 1861 Julia Ward Howe wrote a famous hymn using the tune of a song sung by Union soldiers honoring a controversial abolitionist. What was the name of this famous hymn?
To Canaan's Land
Onward Christian Soldiers
Battle Hymn of the Republic
The Battle Belongs to the Lord
One of the Civil War's bloodiest battles was fought in a Southwest Tennessee field on April 6-7, 1862. Although the Union won the battle over 23,000 men from both sides were wounded or killed. Shortly after this bloody encounter, famed author Herman Melville remembered this event in a poem. What was the name of this poem?
Victory at Vicksburg
The Battle of Nashville
Onward Yanks to Chattanooga
Shiloh, a Requiem
"Taps" is a famous American bugle call that had its origins in the US Civil War. At what event are you most likely to hear this song?
At a military funeral
On the Fourth of July
When a US President enters a room
At a military victory parade
The Confederates often revised nursery rhymes to make fun of the Union Generals. What two generals are mentioned in this Confederate rhyme?
He lost his hope,
'Coz' Jackson he couldn't find him.
He found him at last,
And ran very fast,
With his tail hanging down behind him."
John Pope and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson
John Pope and Samuel L. Jackson
Pope John Paul and Andrew Jackson
John Pope and Michael Jackson
This song was a favorite of Confederate soldiers. During the end of the war the Confederates were short on food and had little to eat except these traditional Southern rations. What food would you often hear them singing about?
Grits and Greens
In 1898 Wallace Rice wrote a poem celebrating the fact that many Union and Confederate Civil War veterans were now fighting side by side. What war is Rice referring to in his poem "Wheeler's Brigade at Santiago"?
Hut Tax War of 1898
The Mexican War
The War for Puerto Rican Independence
What famous US Civil War era song did Union soldiers proudly sing or hear when returning from service?
God Bless America
Shall We Gather at the River?
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Hail, Hail the Gang's All Here!
What song was recognized as the unofficial anthem of the Confederate States of America?
Stars and Bars Forever
The Bonnie Blue Flag
Old Folks at Home
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Compiled Jun 28 12