Comparing Union & Confederate Civil War Strategies


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What did the Union naval blockade of the Confederacy during the Civil War accomplish?

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1. During the American Civil War, what major document changed the Union war aim and strategy in 1863?

2. During the Civil War, what was Jefferson Davis' strategy called?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

One of the reasons that the American Civil War was historically significant is the development of military strategies employed by both sides during the war. Go through these assessment questions to test your understanding of both the Union and Confederate military strategies in the war. The questions will help you better understand the specific strategies used by each side, their goals and their effectiveness.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz and worksheet, you will be assessed on:

  • The use of naval blockades
  • Strategies employed by the Union
  • The overall strategy of the Confederacy
  • Political goals of the Confederacy
  • The distinction between strategy and tactics

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - make sure that you accurately understand the different tactics used in Civil War battles by both sides, as well as their relation to each sides' overall strategy
  • Reading comprehension - use the assessment questions to see if you understand what each side of the conflict sought to accomplish in the war
  • Distinguishing differences - using your knowledge of the Civil War, differentiate between the specific battle tactics employed by each side and the political strategies each side pursued over the course of the war

Additional Learning

For more facts on the American Civil War, review the associated lesson called Comparing Union & Confederate Civil War Strategies. Use this lesson to learn about:

  • The goals of both the Union and Confederacy
  • Union military strategy
  • Confederate military strategy
  • Changes in strategy as the war progressed
  • The war's turning point