By John Peel
Herald Features Editor
There, Ive used up my allotment of exclamation points for the year!
So, obviously todays subject should be ghouls and goblins and witches and warlocks and quiddich and all that Harry Potter stuff.
But it isnt.
You see, GeoQuiz doesnt follow the trends. While everyones getting dressed up and ready to go trick-or-treat, GeoQuiz is staying at home learning about the world.
Plus, Halloween happens every year.
On the other hand, next year will be the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. This will only happen once. So the GeoQuiz is getting ahead of the curve, as usual, and has prepared for you, the devoted quiz-taker, a bagful of sweet and tasty questions.
Yes, after a long run-up, the Civil War officially began on April 12, 1861. Youll find a related question below. April 12, 2011, will mark 150 years. Only a few vampires, who, as we know, live a long time, are around to still talk about the Civil War. Maybe youll catch up with one tonight.
So, on to the GeoQuiz. Having a knowledge of the Civil War will help, but having a knowledge of your countrys geography works too.
(See answers on Page 5E.)
1. The battle of Shiloh was fought on April 6-7, 1862. Shiloh also is a song by Neil Diamond, but that has nothing to do with this question. Name the southern state where the battle took place it borders the Mississippi River on one side and the Appalachian Mountains on the other.
2. The siege of this city lasted from May 19 to July 4, 1863. Its on the Mississippi River, and its in Mississippi. Its about 50 miles west of Jackson.
3. The three-day battle at Glorieta Pass took place in this state, which wasnt actually a state until 1912. The Union won, thus halting Confederate advances into the Southwest.
4. A major turning point in the Civil War came July 1-3, 1863, when forces squared off southwest of Harrisburg in one of the few battles fought on Union soil. Name the town and state.
5. The first battle of Bull Run, also known as Manassas, took place July 21, 1861, in Virginia. Spectators, even some congressmen, came from what major city to watch?
6. Union Gen. William Tecumseh Shermans march to the sea ravaged what Georgia city on the Atlantic Coast?
7. Fort Sumter, a U.S. Army post on an island in the Atlantic Ocean, was blockaded, then fired upon by the newly formed Confederacy in April 1861. This began the Civil War, which everyone figured would last a few months. In what state is Fort Sumter?
8. Antietam is not a country in Southeast Asia. It is the site of a Civil War battle along the Potomac River on Sept. 17, 1862. Hagerstown is only a dozen miles away. In what state would you find Antietam (an-TEET-um)?
9. The Confederate capital was in what Virginia city? Its now the states capital.
10. Abraham Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865, at Fords Theater in this city. This happened just five days after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered his large army. This city was also the answer to a previous question.