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.