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Confederate States of the U.S. Civil War

Name the states that fought for the Confederacy in the American Civil War.
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88 Comments
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Level 56
Jan 3, 2016
I tried Missouri and Kentucky, I was wrong. As it turns out, they are 2 of 5 Union States (along with West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware) that permitted slavery during the war.
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Level 26
Jan 3, 2016
Historians call them "Border States" and they were considered key areas by the North to win the war. Lincoln said something like, "I'd like to hope God is with me but I must have Kentucky on my side."
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Level 82
Jan 3, 2016
West Virginia was cut off from Virginia as a result of the Civil War. Maryland was essentially under military occupation by the Union as it completely encircled the Union capital- Washington DC.
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Level 67
Jan 3, 2016
Yeah Maryland had a referendum on whether it should secede and Lincoln sent Federal troops to make sure the vote went in his favor
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Level 36
Jan 3, 2016
No, some of the western counties of Virginia seceded from the rest of the state to side with the Union and became the state of West Virginia.
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Level 82
Apr 3, 2018
noelle: were they siding with the Union over something other than the Civil War?
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Level 47
Apr 3, 2018
The people up in those western counties of Virginia were extremely rural and poorer than the Virginians in the east. Due to the political power in Virginia was in the hands of a slave holding planter class, many of these country folk (I believe they were known as Yeoman) resented slavery as slavery made these country folks' possibility to profit impossible due to competition. Thus, West Virginia seceded from Virginia to join the Union in order to gain power for themselves, so that they would no longer be economically dependent on the slaver elite.
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Level 82
Oct 3, 2019
At the start of the Civil War, Virginia voted to secede from the Union in 1861. This was not a popular move in the northwestern part of the state. Thus, West Virginia broke off from Virginia in response. Without the Civil War this would not have happened.
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Level 45
May 14, 2020
Also, you cant form a state from an existing one, so West Virginia was creating from the only loophole in that - Where the state it belongs to secedes.
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Level 85
Jul 2, 2020
qcumber: Actually, you can form a state from an existing one, but only if "everyone's on board." Per the US Constitution, forming such a state requires "the Consent of the Legislatures of the States concerned as well as of the Congress." (Article IV, Section 3)
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Level 65
May 24, 2016
those states are border states those are states that are slave states but they do not secede from the union. there were four missouri, kentucky,delaware ,and maryland
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Level 51
Apr 3, 2018
west virginia actually did not allow slavery after they split from virginia and joined the union (1863)
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Level 77
Apr 3, 2018
Missouri was actually pretty undecided. In the siege of Vicksburg, Missouri sent 17 regiments to fight on the Confederate side and 22 to fight on the Union side.
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Level 75
Jul 2, 2020
It wasn't undecided, it was divided. In Arkansas my husband's paternal great-grandfather had two brothers, and one fought for the north and the other fought for the south. His maternal great-grandfather fought for the north while his twin brother fought for the south. Sometimes men switched armies, too. Bushwhackers would threaten their families if they didn't, or one side would take prisoners and offer them a choice of hanging or taking an oath to switch to the other side. Sometimes a family would send one son to each side in the hopes that after the war they would have one family member who fought on the winning side and hopefully be able to keep their farm. I read about a man in this area who tried to remain neutral and his home was ransacked and burned by Yankees, then the Rebs came along and shot him and then strung up his body as a warning to those who refused to join them.
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Level 52
Sep 14, 2022
You could say divided about almost every state. I'm from NC and the county where I grew up there are those who fought on both sides.
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Level 45
Jan 12, 2023
This has already been addressed, but "undecided" is a weird term. Some states were fractured and had disputes within their own states, sometimes even producing rival governments. So "undecided" isn't really correct.

Missouri and Kentucky are the best examples. Overall the support for the Confederacy was more sprawling than any map shows (Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, and Chicasaw Nation fought for the Confederacy, as well as Confederate Arizona), but the flip side is it was also opposed by many within the Confederate boundaries, too. It was a very complicated time and opinions strongly varied even between friends, relatives, and the like.

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Level 30
Jan 17, 2020
kentucky was nuetral, the only state to do so
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Level 33
Apr 17, 2020
i'm from kentucky and i think it's so cool!
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Level 54
May 14, 2020
For a short time. Then they weren't neutral at all. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Kentucky_Union_Civil_War_regiments
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Level 71
Mar 11, 2023
Yeah... they were neutral for a few months before the governor called to the Union for help.
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Level 37
Jan 3, 2016
virginia wrong otherwise i would had gotten 100% first time
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Level 58
Jan 17, 2016
how could you... i live in va
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Level 47
Apr 3, 2018
Same only one I forgot
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Level 90
Jul 2, 2020
I'm honestly surprised. The capital of the Confederacy was in Virginia. I'm pretty sure that's one of the many things non-Virginians would know about Virginia.
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Level 8
Jan 3, 2016
I'm 10 years old 100% with 5 seconds left. Pretty good.
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Level 73
Jan 4, 2016
I was just born and got 100% with 50 seconds left
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Level 64
Apr 3, 2018
I'm dead and got them all before there even was a Civil War.
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Level 54
Mar 11, 2023
You people who think you got 100%--I am the real author, and I haven't even been born yet. I'll let you know when that occurs, and when I finish writing the quiz.
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Level 58
Jan 17, 2016
im 10 and 100% 6 secs left
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Level 33
Apr 17, 2020
you're better than that other kid LOL
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Level 44
Nov 5, 2020
i'm 5 years old 100% with 25 seconds left
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Level 18
Apr 3, 2018
I got 102.563% correct, finished at the 54 BC mark, and I'm only a 3 week old damaged, fake Christmas Tree, sold from your local foster home on the eastern side of western Jupiter during a solar eclipse on Wednesday.
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Level 64
Apr 3, 2018
I remember you. You took my parking space.
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Level 45
May 14, 2020
This is the level of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy strange.
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Level 51
Apr 3, 2018
I'm not even born and i finished 346% with 3 years left
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Level 33
Apr 17, 2020
HOW?!
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Level 32
Apr 9, 2020
God finished before you all
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Level 33
Apr 17, 2020
that's so cool! you're 14 years old now can you do it faster?! :)
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Level 46
Jan 3, 2016
100% with 0:49 seconds left. Super easy when you're from one of these states
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Level 61
Jan 9, 2016
I fought for the Confederacy and still got some wrong.
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Level 60
Apr 16, 2016
That means you are over 150 years old
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Level 35
Apr 3, 2018
Yes.
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Level 78
Apr 3, 2018
180 years if the user name indicates he was born in 1838.
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Level 79
Jul 2, 2020
Totally understandable then. The mind starts to go at about 80 and there must be a decline in dexterity and eyesight by the time you are 180.
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Level 82
Mar 4, 2022
I fought the law and the law won.
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Level 66
Feb 17, 2017
Okay, I'm officially stupid – I typed Carolina instead of North Carolina.
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Level 55
Nov 6, 2017
Arghh, Texas!! *smh*
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Level 56
Apr 3, 2018
Frankfort, Kentucky, was the only state capital to be captured during the American Civil War. Also, both the presidents of the USA and the CSA (Lincoln and Davis) were born in Kentucky. Kentucky is a pretty important place, historically!
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Level 47
Apr 3, 2018
Careful with your wording now, Raleigh was the capital of North Carolina during the Civil War (still is) and was captured during the Civil War during Sherman's March after he captured Savannah in Georgia and Columbia (the capital of South Carolina at the time).
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Level 75
Apr 3, 2018
Columbia is still the capital of South Carolina
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Level 47
Apr 3, 2018
Indeed, nonetheless Frankfurt was not the only capital to be captured in the Civil War
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Level 32
Apr 9, 2020
As well as Richmond, Jackson, and many others. I believe what he meant was that it was the only Union state capital to be captured by the Confederate States.
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Level 45
May 14, 2020
Also, Sherman wiped Atlanta off the map by burning it to the ground. They rebuilt the entire city.
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Level 52
Sep 14, 2022
Except for the house where General Sherman stayed in Atlanta...- now the clubhouse for the Peachtree Country Club.
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Level 45
Jan 12, 2023
I think Frankfurt was the only capital captured by the Confederacy (someone correct me if I'm wrong). Nonetheless Kentucky was of great importance, both personally and militarily, to Davis and Lincoln. Pretty cool.
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Level 71
Apr 3, 2018
What's with the image for this quiz lmao... am i the only one where it's some random woman??
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Level 47
Apr 3, 2018
It's a reference to Gone with the Wind, a popular novel about the Civil War in the south.
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Level 75
Apr 3, 2018
Yes, it's Vivien Leigh, who played Scarlet O'Hara in GWTW, one of the most iconic and epic Civil War films in American movie history. The number one movie line of all time, (according to AFI,) was spoken by the long-suffering Rhett Butler in reply to his spoiled wife Scarlet's desperate plea, "Rhett, if you go where shall I go? What shall I do?" Rhett's reply, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a d***!"
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Level 37
Jun 15, 2019
^ Yes! - "Gone With the Wind" and "Casablanca" best older films ever! - IMHO, the only contemporary films which come close are "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid", and "The Sting".
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Level 77
May 15, 2023
Do movies really count as "contemporary" if they're 46-50 years old? (As of the time of the comment; now 50-54 years old.)
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Level 75
Jul 2, 2020
I loved The Sting but was sort of "meh" about Butch and Sundance. I think it was that whole "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" song and the bicycle scene - it seemed out of place to me in a western. Of course, anything with Newman and/or Redford had to be good.
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Level 66
Apr 3, 2018
She is a local single in your area.
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Level 45
Jan 12, 2023
It's from Gone with the Wind, the single greatest novel in American history. And it's not even close. In fact, it's one of the greatest novels in world literature, and the only American novel that rivals the Russian epics by Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Also written by a woman, which given the circumstances (Alabama, circa 1930's) makes it even more impressive.

Why more Americans don't know this is mind blowing, and one of the greatest failures in American English education. I've taught English overseas for decades, and was amazed when I came back to America how few people were even aware of the characters. Very sad.

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Level 93
Jul 11, 2023
Margaret Mitchell was Georgian, through and through, not Alabaman.
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Level 74
Apr 3, 2018
Thanks for the history lesson, guys. As a Brit, not something we generally learn about, and learning through Jetpunk, as ever, is fun
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Level 44
Apr 6, 2018
Agree, I guessed 10 of the 11, purely going for southern/eastern states.
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Level 82
Oct 3, 2019
There's a lot of interesting history that goes in to this conflict. Many historians call it the first modern war in history, starting with tactics very reminiscent of those used by Napoleon and ending in some places in the sort of trench warfare that would characterize WW1. It's a very important part of both US and world history.

My favorite documentary on the subject has a narrow focus: just the final month of the war, and is based on the book April 1865: The Month That Saved America. It was put out by the History Channel and unfortunately is very hard to find online or else I'd link to it.

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Level 81
Dec 30, 2023
India became a lot more important to the British because of the US Civil War. The source of cotton shifted from the southern US to India.
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Level 59
Apr 4, 2018
R-Kansas
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Level 45
May 24, 2018
Done in 24 seconds
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Level 66
Jul 2, 2019
If you're a college football fan, just name the states that SEC schools are in and you'll get all but 2.
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Level 72
Jul 2, 2020
Southern-sympathizing, Lincoln-hating Maryland remained part of the Union under federal military force. In doing my genealogy, I found that my 2x great-grandfather and his 3 brothers fought on both sides of the Civil War: 3 on the Union side and 1 on the Confederate side. The oldest brother (Union) came here from Germany with his parents, with the others born here. None were slaveholders. Interesting ... I expected to see more Southern sympathies in my family, based on what the history books tell us. Guess they had more pride and love for the Union than many Marylanders.
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Level 35
Jul 4, 2020
Dixieland!
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Level 60
Nov 4, 2020
The South must rise again!...

in an effort to combat coastal erosion that threatens our ecosystems and borders to the gulf.

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Level 82
Mar 4, 2022
Are they going to put it all on stilts? That might work.
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Level 68
May 25, 2021
Damn I forgot NC and SC wow
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Level 67
Feb 12, 2022
Who won?
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Level 82
Mar 4, 2022
The good guys.
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Level 39
Nov 2, 2022
The Union beat the Confederacy and then outlawed slavery in the USA
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Level 71
Sep 8, 2023
Spoilers…
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Level 45
Jan 12, 2023
The South will rise again!

Seriously. The South now is becoming flooded with Northerners fleeing Northern cities that have devolved into dystopian wastelands. The climate has attracted people, as well.

And population size is the only reason the North won the war. While the South lost (convincingly) today the South is set to pass the North in just about every metric in the next generation or two. It's shocking how things can change given enough time.

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Level 61
Mar 11, 2023
Yes, population in southern states is rising. And you say that's because folks are escaping "dystopian wastelands"? Please. Put down the bottle. Love to hear about those metrics of yours. In the meantime, you might do well to take some of those Jetpunk quizzes asking which American states have the poorest people, the least-educated people, the people with the lowest life-expectancy, and on and on. I don't want to shock you, but those metrics aren't indicating your glorious south as some kind of new Eden.
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Level 59
May 19, 2023
ah yes, Boston, a "dystopian wasteland"

also, you're making it hard to not believe you're an actual confederate sympathizer

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Level 71
Sep 8, 2023
The downtown sure looks like it.
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Level 93
Jul 11, 2023
There may be a lot of great cities in the South, but it is an outright falsehood to claim that the South is on track to be ahead of the north/west in any major metric, let alone all of them. States like Mississippi and Arkansas are far poorer than most others, and while Texas, Florida and Georgia's populations have been growing significantly, that doesn't make up the entire South.
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Level 61
Apr 18, 2024
The South will never rise to the level of the North or the West really. The South will bring disaster upon itself via pollution in the Gulf. Short turn gains from extraction of resources will be paid for by the future generations unfortunately.

Even Southern cuisine will be impacted by the increasing amounts of oil in your waters. The rivers that flow to the South will also be impacted by industrial pollution. For example, the train derailment in Ohio last year. All that flows down South. That and the collapse of the housing market in coastal areas, specifically Florida. We will see home insurance agencies pull out of the area.

Work can be done to avoid these disasters but Southern governors can't even acknowledge the issue let alone take a stand to protect your ecosystems. I hope I'm wrong but ain't holding my breath.

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Level 68
Feb 15, 2023
1:06
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Level 61
Apr 18, 2024
When your home state isn't on the list of losers >