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1. What Civil War leader is eulogized in Walt Whitman's poem "O Captain! My Captain!"?
2. What famous Union marching song honored an abolitionist who was hanged for his activities?
3. 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?
4. 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?
5. "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?
6. 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."
7. 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?
8. 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"?
9. What famous US Civil War era song did Union soldiers proudly sing or hear when returning from service?
10. What song was recognized as the unofficial anthem of the Confederate States of America?
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