Hazardous Unions Trivia Contest


Twin Tales of a Civil War Christmas

By Alison Bruce and Kat Flannery 

Kat and I a pretty excited about the release of HAZARDOUS UNIONS, which, as of writing is only a few days away. We decided to each give away a copy of the ebook... but you have to earn the chance to win.

Test Your Civil War Knowledge


Q 1: How many Americans died as a result of the American Civil War?
a. 36,516
b. 58,220
c. 116,516
d. 405,399
e. 625,000

Q 2: Ulysses S. Grant eventually rose to the rank of lieutenant general and commander of all of the Union Armies. To what rank was he commissioned at the beginning of the war?
a. Private
b. Captain
c. Colonel
d. General

Q 3: President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. (New Year’s Day after the Christmas celebrated in HAZARDOUS UNIONS.) Who was being emancipated?
a. All slaves in America
b. Slaves held in the rebellious states
c. Slaves held west of the Mississippi

Q 4: What popular Civil War tune was later sung by Elvis Presley as Love Me Tender?
a. Aura Lee
b. Lorena
c. Sweet Adeline
d. Oh Susannah

Q 5: “My captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,/ My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,” In these two lines of Oh Captain, My Captain, Walt Whitman is referring to:
a. His father
b. His commanding officer
c. President Lincoln after his assassination

For answers, click here.



  1. I so don't know anything about this, thus the total guesses: but wow, what an interesting period of history!

    1. E
    2. A
    3. C
    4. A
    5. C

    1. You did so well with question one, I have a bonus question for you. The other choices are American fatalities from other wars since the Civil War. Can you match them up?

  2. Hi, Alison! Thanks for doing this. I couldn't resist! And I'm looking forward to HAZARDOUS UNIONS. Here are my answers:


    1. Very good! Thanks for playing. I've had a few email entries but the blog was looking bereft. ;)

    2. And Lorrie is the winner from this blog. Everyone who answered the quiz correctly, give or take a question, was entered into the draw.

      Lorie, your score was perfect, by the way.

  3. Holy Moly! Thank you so much, Alison! I'm delighted to have won HAZARDOUS UNIONS!

    BTW, I was tickled by the "Aura Lee" question. When I was (very very very very) young (LOL), I was smitten with Elvis. We had the sheet music for "Love Me Tender" at home, and on the cover was printed, "Music and lyrics by Elvis Presley." This really peeved my father, who said Elvis did NOT write the music. The grandson of a Civil War veteran, Dad insisted the tune was an old ballad called "Aura Lee." I vigorously defended my hero, but it looks like Dad got the last laugh after all! :D Thanks again! All the best, Lorrie

  4. Congratulations!

    It's true that Elvis stole from "Aura Lee. He also took "Plaisir d'Amour" and turned it into "I Can't Help Falling in Love With You." Kings are allowed to appropriate things, right? ;)

  5. Appaently so! It seems you and I are in the wrong profession, Alison. We obviously should have been royalty! Perhaps we should spend the day practicing, sweeping importantly through halls in ermine robes, intoning, "Heads will roll!" (That would be better than just plain sweeping the hall, wouldn't it?) <3 :D

    1. I did play the Queen of Hearts once for College Royal.


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