Was it the American Revolution or the Civil War?


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They were both wars of rebellion. One ended in triumphant independence. The other resulted in bloody peace. Was it the American Revolution or the Civil War?

George Washington was a military and political leader during which war?

George Washington was the top general of the Continental Army during the Revolution. Once the fighting ended, he was elected as the new country's first president.


Which war was the deadliest war in American history?

Modern weapons and outdated military tactics didn't mix, and rampant diseases didn't help, either. The Civil War cost more than 600,000 people their lives, making it the deadliest conflict in American history.


The Boston Massacre was a bloody event that contributed towards tensions that led to which war?

In 1770, a group of British soldiers fired upon colonists in Boston, killing five men. Although the colonists partially antagonized the soldiers, that fact was set aside as revolutionary-minded people used the event to inflame tensions for a coming war.


The Boston Tea Party was not a fiesta. It was an event that helped increase conflict leading to which war?

Britain passed the Tea Act in 1773, and it was an act that essentially resulted in what colonists saw as unfair taxation on a popular product. How did they respond? They boarded a British ship and chucked its entire cargo of tea into the harbor, an event that did not sit well with British authorities.


The Battle of Gettysburg was an epic clash during which war?

The Battle of Gettysburg, fought in 1863, had more casualties than any other battle of the Civil War. There were possibly 50,000 combined casualties in just four days.


The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first battles of which war?

On April 19, 1775, colonists and British soldiers first exchanged substantial gunfire at the Battles of Lexington and Concord. It was the beginning of a long slog called the American Revolution.


William Tecumseh Sherman was a prominent leader during which clash?

Gen. Sherman commanded Union forces during the Civil War. Early in the war, he made the mistake of requesting too many troops and was demoted for "insanity." Later, he redeemed himself and found glory on the battlefield.


The Stamp Act was a precipitating event for which war?

The British Stamp Act resulted in a tax levied on colonists, essentially taxing them for all sorts of printed materials. Colonists saw the tax as unfair taxation without representation, and it contributed to escalating hostilities.


Jefferson Davis was a divisive figure during which conflict?

When the South seceded from the Union, it selected Jefferson Davis as president, making him one of the most polarizing men in the history of the country. His job as president didn't last long.


The Battle of Shiloh was a horrifically bloody fight during which conflict?

Let's be honest, all of the Civil War's battles were incredibly gruesome. But Shiloh was a virtual slaughterhouse. More men died in two days there than all of America's previous wars combined.


The French and Indian War was a point of conflict that made both sides angry and helped lead to which war?

During the French and Indian War, Britain needed extra cash to pay for the conflict. To increase its supplies of cash, it introduced the Stamp Act, which unfairly taxed American colonists. It was just more fuel for the fire.


The Battle of Long Island was a huge battle of which conflict?

The Battle of Long Island, fought in 1776, was the first truly big battle between the colonists and the British. In terms of troop numbers, it was the biggest battle of the war, and the British victory gave them control of New York.


Robert E. Lee was a top commander during which conflict?

Lee was a top general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He fought for the South because he grew up in Virginia, but he actually wanted the Union to remain whole.


Benedict Arnold was a famous general during which war?

Benedict Arnold started as a general for colonial forces but then defected to the British side during the Revolution. In the colonies, his name became virtually synonymous with treason. He lived the later years of his life in London.


Which war started with a shot that's often called "the shot heard around the world"?

The revolution officially started in April of 1775 at the Battles of Lexington and Concord, with the "shot heard around the world," meaning that the daring colonists were finally confronting the mighty British with violence. Famed poet Ralph Waldo Emerson was the person who coined the phrase.


Which war lasted longer?

The Civil War lasted for about four years. At eight years, the American Revolution was twice as long. For years, the colonists didn't know whether they'd really be able to throw off the yoke of the British Empire.


A man named "Stonewall" Jackson became a legendary icon during which war?

Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson was a famous Confederate general during the Civil War. When he died his commanding officer, Gen. Lee, likened his death to the loss of a limb.


The Continental Congress was an important political entity during which conflict?

The Continental Congress was a group of colonial leaders who debated the need for independence from Britain. In the end, they opted to declare independence with a nice, polite letter to King George. He responded with death threats.


A famous "March to the Sea" took place during which war?

Union Gen. Sherman resorted to a scorched earth policy during a March to the Sea (also called the Savannah Campaign). His troops torched anything and everything that the Confederates could have used in battle, a policy that Southerners decried as unnecessary and inhumane.


Diseases were the biggest killer of troops during which war?

In the 18th and 19th centuries, doctors still didn't understand the causes of many diseases. Military camps in both wars were festering hot spots of illnesses that killed more troops than combat.


During which war did soldiers have a LOWER chance of surviving?

The Civil War was a bloodbath unmatched in American history. One out of every four men who served died. Only two percent of soldiers in the Revolution died.


Two famous generals, Thomas and George Crittenden, fought during which war?

Thomas and George Crittenden were brothers who became generals. Thomas fought for the Union, and George fought for the South. Both men survived the war and went on to successful post-war careers.


The "red coats" were a formidable force during which fight?

British troops wore garish crimson coats, so they were often called "red coats." The red coats were a well-trained military force, but they struggled against the guerrilla tactics of the colonial rebels.


About two percent of the country's population died during which war?

The Civil War churned through human lives at a devastating pace. By the time the dust settled, the country lost two percent of its entire population.


The Articles of Confederation were a major piece of political maneuvering during which war?

The Articles of Confederation united the 13 colonies and served as a first constitution for the fledgling nation. It established the United States of America and gave focus to the war effort.


In which war did a great number of black troops serve?

Roughly 10 to 15 percent of soldiers in both wars were black. Often shunned at the outset, black soldiers steadily gained the respect of their white counterparts.


During which war was amputation the most common medical procedure?

Battlefield medicine was, shall we say, rather primitive during the Civil War. Doctors (nicknamed "sawbones" for obvious reasons) would simply saw off limbs to save the lives of wounded soldiers.


The "Patriots" were a major part of which conflict?

Colonists fighting for freedom from the British were called Patriots. If you preferred British rule, you were branded as an unpatriotic servant of the British king.


A period called "Reconstruction" followed which war?

The Civil War ravaged many parts of American infrastructure and cultural institutions. Reconstruction was a name given to an era of rebirth.


The Treaty of Paris signaled the official end to which war?

On September 3, 1783, the British officially stopped their fight against the unruly colonies. The Treaty of Paris ended the Revolution and allowed the United States to continue as an independent country.


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