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War of 1812 Quiz: For the Expert

This quiz encompasses a number of questions on the battles, structure of the British army, leaders and military technology.  Instructions: Simply mark the right answer for each of the 30 questions in the circular buttons provided, then click the   "GET SCORE" button at the end of the page to get your score and the correct answers.  Good Luck!

1. What battle did not occur in 1814?
Oswego
Fort George
Lacolle
Chippawa

2. What US general surrendered Detroit in 1812?
James Wilkinson
William Hull
Wade Hampton
Stephen Van Rensselaer

3. In 1814 a daring attack was made by a group of Royal Newfoundland Fencibles and sailors that resulted in the capture of two US ships on Lake Huron. What were the names of those ships?
Leopard and Cheasapeake
Tigress and Scorpion
Niagara and Governor Clark
Shannon and Madison

4. What was the name of the largest ship built during the war?
St. Lawrence
Royal George
Detroit
Shannon

5. Where was the main US naval base on Lake Ontario?
Fort Niagara
Oswego
Sacket's Harbor
none of the above

6. Present day Ontario was called Upper Canada in 1812. Why?
the upper house of government was located there
it was settled by upper class Loyalists (Tories) after the American Revolution
it was on a higher elevation and you had to travel upstream to get there
none of the above

7. Where was the first shots and the first casualties inflicted of the war?
Grenadier Island
Canard River
Fort Michilimackinac
Detroit

8. During the Battle of York one of the US army's most capable generals, Zebulon Pike, was killed. How did he die?
shot by a sharpshooter in the Glengarry Light Infantry
bayoneted on the beach by an 8th Regiment Grenadier
broke his neck when his horse was shot and fell
crushed by debris from a magazine explosion

9. Who was claimed to have killed the Indian chief, Tecumseh?
Richard Johnson
William Harrison
Andrew Jackson
Winfeld Scott

10. Why was the first siege of Fort Meigs broken in May 1813?
Canadian militia needed to plant their crops
Indians started to return home with their plunder from early days of the seige
the British did not possess enough seige artillery
all the above

11. Where did British troops operating in Michigan/Ohio area receive their first defeat (not including lifting of seiges)?
River Raisen
Fort Stephenson
Brownstown
Moraviantown (Battle of the Thames)

12. How many US Generals were captured at the Battle of Stoney Creek?
one
two
three
four

13. How was Fort Niagara taken in December 1813?
shelled by Fort George into submission
surrendered because of the fear of an Indian massacre of the garrison
stormed by the British and after an exchange of musket fire, the US garrison surrendered
stormed by the British who used only the bayonet

14. Who was Commander-in-Chief of the British Army?
King George III
Duke of York
Duke of Wellington
none of the above

15. During the War of 1812 who signed on matters requiring royal approval?
King George III
Prince Regent
Duke of Kent
Duke of York

16. What happened to the Grenadier and Light Infantry companies of De Watteville's Regiment?
captured by the US fleet on Lake Ontario
shipwrecked on their way to Canada
mutined while stationed in the West Indies
lost most of their men when the magazine blew up during the assault on Fort Erie

17. What was the usual punishment in the British Army for a soldier deserting with his musket towards the enemy?
1000 Lashes
army service for life in a disease-ridden colony (life expectency: 2 years)
execution by firing squad
execution by hanging

18. The lash was the most common way of punishing soldiers for various crimes. The whip used was called the cat-o-nine-tails because it had nine knotted cords on it. Whose duty was it to administer the lash?
the officer in charge
the sergeant major
a drummer boy
the victim of the crime

19. Which British General was actually born in New Jersey?
Sir George Prevost
Sir Isaac Brock
Sir Roger Sheaffe
Sir Gordon Drummond

20. How many times has Sir Isaac Brock been buried?
one
two
three
four

21. What department arranged food for the British Army?
Storekeeper General's
Commissariat General's
Board of Ordnance
Barrack Master General's

22. In the song "British Grenadiers" there is a line that mentions throwing grenades "from the glacis about the enemy's ears". What is the glacis?
an advanced entrenchment
the cleared, sloped land around a fortification
a redoubt containing seige artillery
the highest corner of a fort

23. What type of artillery projectile was used by the British and NOT by the US artillery in the War of 1812?
case or canister shot
chain shot
shrapnel shells
bar shot

24. One of the duties of an artilleryman in garrison was to rotate or turn the gunpowder barrels in the powder magazine. Why?
to inspect the barrels for loose copper bands
moisture released by the powder into the wood was less likely to warp the barrel
the gunpowder continually had to be mixed
the potassium nitrate in the powder was less likely to spontaniously explode

25. What British General was born in Canada?
Sir George Prevost
Sir Isaac Brock
Sir Roger Sheaffe
Sir Gordon Drummond

26. How many pounds of equipment did a British soldier carry on the march?
26
38
59
74

27. The term "hot shot" dates back to the War of 1812. It referred to:
top marksman in the regiment
a red hot cannon ball used to catch ships and buildings on fire
slang for the artilleryman who sights the gun (cannon)
an alcoholic drink issued to the soldiers

28. What was the name of the rifle carried by British rifle regiments in 1812?
Brunswick Rifle
Baker Rifle
Lovell Rifle
Ferguson Rifle

29. What colour of jackets did the British cavalry used in the War of 1812?
red
green
blue
grey

30. What regiment was not present at the Battle of Lundy's Lane?
41st Regiment
49th Regiment
89th Regiment
103rd Regiment

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