U.S. Civil War Regimental Animal Mascots


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Which two animals were the most common type of regimental animal mascots during the U.S. Civil War?

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1. Who owned the famous mascot Nellie the Hen?

2. Old Abe was the mascot of which regiment?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Believe it or not, animal mascots were part of the Civil War in the U.S. This worksheet/quiz will test how much you know about key topics like common regimental animal mascots and the owner of the mascot Nellie the Hen.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following:

  • Regiment that had the mascot named Old Abe
  • The reason mascots were used in the Civil War
  • Examples of less traditional animal mascots

Skills Practiced

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast common and nontraditional kinds of animal mascots during the Civil War
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the purpose of having animal mascots during the war
  • Making connections - use your understanding of Civil War animal mascots to name some of the famous regiments and owners they were associated with

Additional Learning

Learn more about this lesser-known aspect of the Civil War with the lesson titled U.S. Civil War Regimental Animal Mascots. These points will be covered:

  • Definition of a regiment
  • Details about some of the famous mascots of the war, like what type of animal Old Abe was
  • Battles where these mascots were used
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