Civil War Trivia and Fact Book

Civil War Trivia and Fact Book

by Webb Garrison




Did you know that when the call for volunteers went out at the start of the American Civil War, future general Ulysses S. Grant was rejected for service? Do you know where the first shot fired against Fort Sumter issued from? How many states were in the Union in 1860 and how many seceded to form the Confederacy?

If the answers to these questions are news to you, then perhaps you need a refresher course in Civil War studies. Civil War Trivia and Fact Book is your ultimate resource for mastering the minutiae of America’s War Between the States. Compiled by Civil War expert Webb Garrison, this book is packed with more than 2,000 fascinating facts about the war, its prelude, and its aftermath. It’s a treasure trove of trivia and information on events that happened in both the North and South between 1861 and 1865, the distinguished military and political leaders of the day, the key issues that defined the Union and the Confederacy, and famous first events of the war.

Among the buried nuggets of information this book unearths are:

  • The identity of the first general of the Army ever appointed
  • The total number of casualties at Antietam, the bloodiest single-day battle in American history
  • The name of the composer who wrote “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”
  • The average monthly pay for a Union soldier
  • The origin of the “rebel yell”
  • The role call of future U.S. presidents who served as soldiers in the war
In addition to the wealth of information presented in simple question-and-answer format, this book includes sidebar articles on social and cultural milestones of the Civil War era, lists of little-known facts and figures culled from the war’s duration, and colorful period photographs and illustrations. Whether you’re a history buff or just a browser, Civil War Trivia and Fact Book will enlighten and entertain you with fascinating details of a signature event in American history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435111189
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 03/25/2009
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Webb Garrison is a former associate dean of theology at Emory University and a past president of McKendree College. A veteran artist and writer, his many books include A Treasury of Civil War Tales, Strange Battles of the Civil War, and Encyclopedia of Civil War Usage.

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Civil War Trivia and Fact Book: Unusual and Often Overlooked Facts About America's Civil War 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Alanrock More than 1 year ago
The late Webb Garrison, although not as well-known as a Bruce Catton or a James McPherson, wrote a series of books on Civil War events ranging from notable figures, strange battles, unusual incidents, and (relatively) unknown stories about the conflict. In this well-illustrated book, Garrison chose the Q&A format to answer many interesting questions. There is, of course which Civil War leader's ancestral home became a National Graveyard (Lee), which failed clerk became the greatest General on the Union side (Grant), which Southern Generals were born in the North (Pemberton of Vicksburg fame is but one, there were quite a few others) and which Northern Generals were born in the South (George Thomas, and many more). Garrison also writes of many firsts and lasts in this War Between the States, where the first battle was fought, the first casualties on both sides, and where the last battle took place, among other trivia and facts. "Civil War Trivia and Fact Book" is a slim volume to be sure, but like a good hors'douerve it whets the appetitte of the Civil War buff for more. A deserving addition to anyone's general Civil War library.