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About This Quiz
Are you a fan of military history? Are you just a tad bit curious about the brave men who led military forces to battle? Take this quiz to test your knowledge about military generals who've passed on to greener pastures. They all fought, and some died in the name of principle. You'll encounter mostly American military men in this quiz. But don't be surprised if a few international war men pop up as you scroll through these questions.
No matter their countries of origin, these men all have one thing in common - amazing leadership skills. Imagine what kind of person it takes to motivate large groups of people to fight on one accord? That takes a lot of guts! These people took on tremendous responsibility in their grand wartime endeavors. Some of them were victorious and others, not so much. Some lived on to a ripe old age to recount tales of danger on their respective battlefields, while others were killed during battle before their lives really began. This is the gamble they signed up for, and the reason we salute their service.
This quiz covers generals who served in all the major wars. Scroll on to learn of their contributions to the free world.
What year did the Confederate General Robert E. Lee die?
Robert Edward Lee served as a general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War, which lasted from 1861 to 1865. Lee died in Lexington, Virginia on September 28, 1870, from stroke complications.
"Stonewall" Jackson was born in 1824 in Clarksburg, Virginia, which is now in West Virginia. Do you know the date he died?
Thomas Jonathan Jackson earned his nickname "Stonewall" in 1861 at the First Battle of Bull Run. Though Jackson received very little formal educational training, he was considered a skilled war strategist.
George Thomas died in San Francisco, California at age 53. What year did Thomas die?
George H. Thomas was also known as “the Rock of Chickamauga,” a name he earned after his show of bravery at the Battle of Chickamauga, which occurred on September 19 - 20, 1863. Thomas served as a Union general in the American Civil War.
John Pemberton was a Confederate General who served in the American Civil War. Can you guess the year that he died?
John Clifford Pemberton was born on August 10, 1814, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is renowned for the persistence he demonstrated during the Vicksburg Campaign that occurred from December 1862 until July 4, 1863.
In 1861, Winfield Scott was U.S. Commander-in-chief. Can you guess the year that he died?
Winfield Scott served successful terms as general in several wars, including the American Revolution and the American Civil War. He strategized the ultimate victory of Union forces during the Civil War.
George Marshall served as U.S. Secretary of State and Chief of Staff. When did Marshall die?
George Catlett Marshall won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953 for promoting world peace and for his role in Europe's rehabilitation efforts after World War II. In December 1944, Marshall became general of the army.
James M. Gavin was a U.S. Army general during World War II. What year did Gavin die?
James Maurice Gavin earned the nickname "the jumping general" because he parachuted with troops during World War II. He was born in New York City on March 22, 1907, and died in Baltimore, Maryland at the age of 82.
Major General Harold Greene died in Afghanistan. When did he die?
Harold J. Greene was a two-star general killed by an insider attack in Afghanistan on August 5, 2014. At the time, Greene was the highest-ranking U.S. officer killed in a war zone since the Vietnam War.