Do You Know When These Famous Generals Died?

Tasha Moore

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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.

Ulysses Grant served as the 18th president of the United States from 1869 to 1877. What year did Grant die?

Born in Point Pleasant, Ohio as Hiram Ulysses Grant, he served as general and commander of the Union armies during the American Civil War. Grant died in Mount McGregor, New York on July 23, 1885.

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 C. Breckinridge served as the 14th vice president of the United States from 1857 to 1861. Can you guess the year that he died?

John C. Breckinridge was born in Kentucky on January 21, 1821. As a major general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War he spearheaded many military campaigns.

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.

Edmund Kirby Smith was born in St. Augustine, Florida on May 16, 1824. Can you guess the year that Smith died?

Smith sometimes went by the name E. Kirby Smith. He graduated the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York in 1845 before serving as a Confederate General during the American Civil War.

Simon Buckner was 90 years old when he died. Can you guess the year of his death?

Simon Bolivar Buckner was affiliated with the Democratic Party and served as a Confederate General during the American Civil War. He also served as the governor of Kentucky from 1887 to 1891.

Stand Watie was a Cherokee chief who signed the treaty that forced Cherokee Indians out of Georgia. What year did he die?

Stand Watie was also known by his Cherokee name "De Gata Ga," which means "Stand Firm." Watie served as brigadier general during the American Civil War in the Confederate Army.

George S. Patton is one of the most famous U.S. war generals. Can you guess the year that he died?

George Smith Patton, Jr. was known to be a strict and uncompromising general. He served during World War II and died in Heidelberg, Germany on December 21, 1945.

Horatio Gates was born in Maldon, England c. 1728 and died in New York City. What year did Gates die?

Horatio Gates was an American general during the American Revolution, though he was English-born. Gates is famous for his victory against the British during the 1777 Battle of Saratoga.

Nathaneal Greene was an American general during the American Revolution. When did he die?

Nathanael Greene died at Mulberry Grove in Georgia on June 19, 1786. He died of a heart attack.

Daniel Morgan was a U.S. general affiliated with the Federalist Party. What is the year of his death?

Under Daniel Morgan's leadership, the British were defeated during the Battle of Cowpens on January 17, 1781. In 1794, Morgan led a successful campaign to crush the Whiskey Rebellion in Pennsylvania.

Andrey Andreyevich Vlasov famously became a turncoat for the Germans during World War II. What year did he die?

Russian general Andrey Andreyevich Vlasov was born in Vladimir, Russia on September 14, 1900. After the Germans captured him during World War II, he fought against the Soviet Union.

George Washington was the first president of the United States and a military general. When did he die?

George Washington commanded the colonial armies during the American Revolution. He died in Mount Vernon, Virginia on December 14, 1799. He was 67 yeas old when he died.

John Pershing also went by the nickname "Black Jack." What is the year of his death?

John Joseph Pershing served during World War I as a U.S. army general. He was famously awarded the 1932 Pulitzer Prize in history for his memoir "My Experiences in the World War."

Douglas MacArthur was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He's one of the most famous American generals. Can you guess the year of his death?

Douglas MacArthur served a successful stint as U.S. general during World War II. His leadership during the Southwest Pacific aggression during the war is most memorable.

Dwight Eisenhower was the 34th president of the United States and a major general. What is the year that he died?

Dwight David Eisenhower was promoted to major general in 1942 after the U.S. entered World War II. His wife's name was Mamie.

Creighton Abrams served as U.S. Army chief of staff from 1972 to 1974. Can you guess his death year?

Creighton Williams Abrams, Jr. was born in Springfield, Massachusetts on September 14, 1914. He was considered a hostile, yet formidable leader on the battlefield.

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.

John Logan served as a U.S. general, and he enjoyed an impressive political career. Can you guess the year that Logan died?

John Alexander Logan was a Union general who served during the American Civil War. Logan played a key role in instituting the Memorial Day holiday.

Ambrose Burnside led Union forces during the American Civil War, and he started the sideburns facial hair style. When did Burnside die?

Ambrose Everett Burnside was born in Liberty, Indiana on May 23, 1824. He graduated the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1847 and was promoted to major general in the Union Army in 1862.

Philippe Petain was a French general born in Cauchy-a-la-Tour, France. Can you guess the year of his death?

Born Henri-Philippe Benoni Omer Joseph Petain, he lived to the ripe age of 95. Petain is considered a French national hero for his Battle of Verdun triumph during World War I.

Louis Franchet d'Esperey was born in Algeria and served in the French military. When did he die?

He was born Louis-Felix-Francois Franchet d'Esperey in Mostaganem, Algeria on May 25, 1856. D'Esperey is famously known for making Vienna accessible to the Allies during World War I.

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.

Norman Schwarzkopf played a major role during the Persian Gulf War. Do you remember the year that he died?

Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. was promoted to major general in the U.S. Army in 1983. Schwarzkopf's father, Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf Sr., was a colonel in the army before he retired.

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.

General Lewis Walt commanded the Marines for several years. What is the year of Walt's death?

Lewis William Walt was born in Wabaunsee County, Kansas on February 16, 1913. He was promoted to major general in 1965 and led forces in Vietnam.

Raymond Davis was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the Korean War. What is the year that Davis died?

Raymond Gilbert Davis led an operation to rescue fellow marines in opposition to Chinese forces at the Chosin Reservoir. The war hero was 88 years old when he died.

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.

In 1891, Hanson Edward Ely graduated form the U.S. Military Academy. What year did Ely die?

Hanson Edward Ely was the recipient of numerous military honors. He retired as a major general in 1931, and later died on April 28, 1958.

John S. Kountz served as a musician in his regiment for two years before his ascension in the ranks. When did he die?

Before rising to the rank of general, John S. Kountz was a distinguished musician after enlisting as a drummer boy on September 30, 1861. Kountz died in Toledo, Ohio on June 14, 1909.

When did George Armstrong Custer, who was dubbed "Boy General," die?

George Armstrong Custer was only 36 years old when he died on June 25, 1876 at Little Bighorn River in Montana. He was promoted to major general before the age of 25.

Peter Charles Harris retired as a major general in 1922. What year did Harris die?

On July 9, 1918, Peter Charles Harris was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal for his service during World War I. Harris died on March 18, 1951 in Washington D.C.

Leonard Gerow lived to be 84 years old before he died. Do you recall the year of this retired general's death?

General Leonard T. Gerow led the V Corps during the Normandy invasion of World War II. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

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