Primary Source: Richmond Daily Dispatch on August 30, 1864


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According to an article in the Richmond Daily Dispatch on August 20, 1864, why would General Ulysses S. Grant be willing to commit so many soldiers and lose so many men to capture the Weldon railroad?

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1. Why is it significant that the author of the August 30, 1864 article of the Richmond Daily Dispatch insinuated that 'abolitionist' journals lie to their readers?

2. According to an article in the Richmond Daily Dispatch from August 30, 1864, what is the most likely reason the Baltimore press censors 'smothered' military reports?

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This interactive quiz and printable worksheet give you a chance to test your knowledge of and ability to analyze August 30, 1864's Richmond Daily Dispatch. Questions on this quiz and worksheet examine articles published in that newspaper and the authors' views on the Civil War.

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Use this quiz and worksheet check your knowledge of the following:

  • Reason General Ulysses S. Grant was willing to commit so many soldiers to capture the Weldon railroad
  • Why it is significant that the author of an article insinuated that certain journals lie to readers
  • Probable reason the Baltimore press censored certain military reports
  • Reason it was important that Wheeler chose not to defeat Sherman outright
  • What an author meant when he said the time had come for Sherman's cavalry

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  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding authors' views on decisions made by Grant and Wheeler
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer a question about the Baltimore press's censorship
  • Reading comprehension - read and pull essential information from the accompanying lesson on the Richmond Daily Dispatch's coverage of the Civil War

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  • Battle during which many historians agree the turning point of the Civil War occurred
  • Name of the president of the Confederacy during the Civil War
  • State of the Confederate Army by June 1864
  • Reason the Richmond Daily Dispatch was one of the most important newspapers of the Civil War