Battle of the Wilderness: Summary & History


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Who was the only general to have held the rank of lieutenant general in the U.S. army before Ulysses S. Grant?

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1. What was Grant's plan for the spring campaign of 1864 in the East?

2. The Battle of the Wilderness was fought just a few miles away from a major 1863 battle that occurred almost exactly one year earlier. Which battle was it?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The printable worksheet will increase your knowledge on the Battle of the Wilderness, which was an intense Civil War battle that took place in the dense woods of Virginia. The interactive quiz will test your knowledge by asking about specific generals in the war, as well as other similar battles.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Who had the rank of lieutenant general before Ulysses S. Grant
  • Grant's plan for the East in the spring of 1864
  • What battle was fought almost a year before the Battle of the Wilderness, in a similar location
  • Which Confederate general was wounded by his own men during the battle
  • The battle that began almost immediately after the Battle of the Wilderness ended

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the Battle of the Wilderness
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about battles in the Civil War in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding generals during the Civil War and their tactics

Additional Learning

To learn more about battles from the Civil War, review the corresponding lesson on the Battle of the Wilderness. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identifies Ulysses S. Grant and his Overland Campaign
  • Examines Confederate general Robert E. Lee
  • Discusses the events that took place during the Battle of the Wilderness
  • Explores the Overland Campaign following the Battle of the Wilderness