Civil War Trivia

  • Although there is no record of their ever having met, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis both were born in Kentucky, participated in the Black Hawk War, and served in the United States Congress.
  • As Secretary of War for the United States from 1853-1857, Jefferson Davis strengthened the United States Army by increasing its size and by adopting the rifled musket.
  • Nine-year old Woodrow Wilson saw the captured Confederate President Jefferson Davis, as he was brought through Augusta, Georgia on the way to Fort Monroe.
  • Among the men who signed Jefferson Davis’s bail were editor, Horace Greeley; shipping and railroad magnate, Cornelius Vanderbilt; and prominent abolitionist, Gerrit Smith.
  • At the age of twelve, Abraham Lincoln had received less than a year of schooling.
  • Lincoln’s sons Willie and Tad were the first presidential children to live in the White House.
  • Abraham Lincoln had four brothers-in-law in the Confederate Army, and three of his sisters-in law were married to Confederate officers.
  • George Armstrong Custer was promoted to the rank of brigadier general of volunteers at age 23, making him the youngest officer to obtain this rank during the American Civil War.
  • Confederate General Ambrose Powell Hill became known for wearing a bright red shirt into battle.
  • Confederate Partisan Ranger John S. Mosby and Lieutenant General James Longstreet supported Grant for President in 1868.
  • Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest entered the war as a private.
  • The song Dixie originated in New York City during the 1850s.
  • During the Shenandoah Valley campaign of 1862, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson marched his force of 16,000 men more than 600 miles in 35 days, defeating three Union armies totaling 63,000 men.
  • The cruiser Shenandoah surrendered the last Confederate flag to British authorities in Liverpool in November of 1865, seven months after Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.
  • At the Battle of First Manassas (Bull Run), it is estimated that between 8,000 and 10,000 bullets were fired for every man killed.
  • Before being called "Stonewall," Jackson was nicked named "Old Jack" and "Tom Fool" by VMI cadets. He was a professor of natural and experimental philosophy and artillery drill.
  • Jackson’s horse known as Little Sorrel was captured from Union troops at Harpers Ferry and was originally intended as a gift for Jackson’s wife.
  • On May 11, during the Battle of Yellow Tavern, J.E.B. Stuart was mortally wounded by Michigan private John Huff.
  • Robert E. Lee’s father, Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee, wrote the famous Washington eulogy"First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen."
  • Robert E. Lee’s wife Mary Custis was the great granddaughter of Martha Washington.
  • In April of 1861, Robert E. Lee was offered command of the United States Army by General Winfield Scott.