U.S. History : The Civil War

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : The Civil War

What was the name of the ship that fired the last shot of the Civil War?

Possible Answers:

USS Shenandoah

CSS Shenandoah

USS Grant

CSS Grant

Correct answer:

CSS Shenandoah

Explanation:

CSS stands for Confederate States Ship. It was the designation given to all Confederate war ships. The Shenandoah was also known as Sea King when it was first launched (on a mission to Australia) in 1863; it was recomissioned in 1864 as the Shenandoah, and was primarily used as a commercial raider. The infamous last shot of the Civil War was fired by the Shenandoah across the bow of a merchant whaling vessel.

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