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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ulysses S. Grant, one of the most famous generals in the American Civil War, was not born with that name.
What name was he given at birth?

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fleetp wrote:
Ulysses S. Grant, one of the most famous generals in the American Civil War, was not born with that name.
What name was he given at birth?

Hiram Ulysses Grant. At the time, it was common for young officers to call each other by their initials, and he feared the initials HUG would not be advantageous, so he changed his name. At least that's what I recall reading in a children's book about Grant nearly a half-century ago.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 4:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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He ain't lying. The floor is open and I fell right through the dang thing. Anyway here goes. The Vice President of the Confederate States of America was WHOOOOOOOOO?


I'm currently reading a book on the US Civil War. According to the book, the VP of the CSA was Alexander H. Stephens.


Serves me right for getting busy and not checking the board. I knew Alexander Stephens right off the top of my head. I am somewhat of a Civil War scholar. Good stuff!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Roland wrote:
fleetp wrote:
Ulysses S. Grant, one of the most famous generals in the American Civil War, was not born with that name.
What name was he given at birth?

Hiram Ulysses Grant. At the time, it was common for young officers to call each other by their initials, and he feared the initials HUG would not be advantageous, so he changed his name. At least that's what I recall reading in a children's book about Grant nearly a half-century ago.


Correct, your turn, Roland.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What was the first professional baseball team? Hint: They're still around today.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another hint: This team was a founding member of the National League, in which it still plays. It completed its season yesterday and will not be playing in the post-season.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Another hint: This team was a founding member of the National League, in which it still plays. It completed its season yesterday and will not be playing in the post-season.


I'm going to guess the Cincinnati Reds.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fleetp wrote:
Roland wrote:
Another hint: This team was a founding member of the National League, in which it still plays. It completed its season yesterday and will not be playing in the post-season.


I'm going to guess the Cincinnati Reds.

Correct! The team was founded in 1869 as the Cincinnati Red Stockings. Next year will be their 150th anniversary.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

During the American Civil War, the Confederacy had warships built in Great Britain. The most famous of these warship, the CSS Alabama, was used as a 'commerce raider'.

What was the name of the US Navy warship that sank the CSS Alabama?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No idea. I'm choosing the USS Monitor because at least I know its name.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mr. Blue wrote:
No idea. I'm choosing the USS Monitor because at least I know its name.


Sorry, the Monitor was a famous Union warship, but it did not engage in battle with the CSS Alabama. The Monitor had a famous battle against the CSS Virginia, which was the first battle between ironclad warships. Neither side could declare a victory.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The CSS Alabama was sunk in June 1864 by USS Kearsarge at the Battle of Cherbourg outside the port of Cherbourg, France
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The CSS Alabama was sunk in June 1864 by USS Kearsarge at the Battle of Cherbourg outside the port of Cherbourg, France


Correct! Your turn, Pirate.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Confederate General Robert E. Lee's most famous horse during the American Civil War was named what?
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Confederate General Robert E. Lee's most famous horse during the American Civil War was named what?



Traveler. Who knew that they had corporate sponsorships back then? Razz
My grandfather was a horse collector, well maybe he saw himself as a breeder/trainer/trader, ( but his hobby was a failure as a business ), and had a supposed descendant of the same name.
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