The Fight for the Mississippi River in 1862: Summary & History


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Analyze the following statements and indicate which one best describes Union efforts along the Mississippi River in 1862.

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1. Which Union general commanded troops at New Madrid and Island Number Ten?

2. Which Union victory opened the Mississippi River up to Union forces as far south as Vicksburg and virtually ended the use of Confederate gunboats on the waterway?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Union's fight for control of the Mississippi River was ultimately a success, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of how they did it. You'll be assessed on your knowledge of important generals and battles from the Civil War.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Grant's role in the conflict
  • Union's campaign along the Mississippi
  • Key Union victories

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related history lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately identify important figures, such as Ulysses S. Grant and John Pope
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the notable battles along the river
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Civil War

Additional Learning

To learn more about history, review the accompanying lesson on Fight for the Mississippi River in 1862. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about the Union campaign to take the Mississippi River
  • Understand the strategies of both sides
  • Know the outcome of key battles
  • Identify the respective roles of David Farragut and Winfield Scott