Civil War Final Study Guide

Final 2017 study guide; Civil War; Birzer

N.B. The final is worth 35% of your course grade.  To earn anything above a “C”, you must employ—to a significant extent—the readings you were assigned.

Section I: Essay.  One of these will appear on the final.  Worth 35% of your final.

  1. Consider Lincoln’s relationships with other politicians, cabinet members, generals, and the America people. What kind of president and person was he?
  2. Explain both Union and Confederate motivations/justifications for beginning as well as continuing the war, 1861-1865.
  3. Explain the evolution of Lincoln’s thought/understanding regarding secession and the purpose of the war, 1861-1865.

Section II: I.D.s/Definitions;. Definitions will be worth ten points each.  Four total; worth 40% of your final.

13th Amendment

14th Amendment

54th Massachusetts

Anaconda Plan

Bleeding Kansas

Compromise of 1850

“Cotton is King”

Eastern Theater

Emancipation Proclamation


Field Order #120

First Bull Run

Fort Sumter

G.B. McClellan


Homesteading Act

James Longstreet

Jefferson Davis

Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War

Joshua Chamberlain


Manifest Destiny

Missouri Compromise

Popular sovereignty

Prigg v. Pennsylvania

Radical Republicans

River Queen Doctrine

Robert Anderson

Robert E. Lee


Stonewall Jackson

Total War

U.S. Grant


Wilmot Proviso

William H. L. Wallace

William T. Sherman

Western Theater

Yankee Leviathan

Section III: Short answers.  Worth 25% of your final grade.

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