The Taylor Swift Civil War Quiz

Many of you may have heard of a young lady named Taylor Swift. She’s a very popular singer. A theme that runs through her life and art is that when she breaks up with someone (and Ms. Swift seems to do this on a fairly regular basis), she composes a song about it, leading to immense record sales and a guessing game about the subject of the song in question.

Now comes word that Ms. Swift is contemplating a very special sesquicentennial album in which she contemplates dating and then breaking up with prominent personages of the Civil War era.  “Why not?” she reportedly told one reporter. “After all, wasn’t the Civil War the biggest break up in American history?”

Let’s help Ms. Swift out. Name a Civil War figure and the song Ms. Swift should sing to remember the termination of the relationship. The floor is open for suggestions.

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37 thoughts on “The Taylor Swift Civil War Quiz

  1. “Cry Me a River” by Justin Timberlake: Winfield Scott to Robert E. Lee

    “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt: Robert E. Lee to George H. Thomas

  2. “I Want You” by Elvis Costello: Abraham Lincoln to the seceding States

    “Ain’t No Sunshine (When She’s Gone)” by Bill Withers: John J. Crittenden singing to himself

  3. “R-E-S-P-E-C-T Find out what it means to me”. by George Meade to just about anybody – Lincoln, Grant, Catton, you name ‘em.

      • I’m sure there were more profitable things McClernand could have been doing. I think he sincerely thought he could gain fame, glory, and success for the Union by leading an army. Unfortunately, what he brought to the table was the type of leadership that got completely stymied by much smaller forces at Port Gibson and Champion HIll. The only real success that the XIII Corps enjoyed during the manuevering for Vicksburg came when Eugene Carr had been placed in command temporarily while Grant chewed McClernand’s butt for sitting idle all day at Champion HIll.

        • Speaking of the XIII Corps success … I finally got around to stepping off the Big Black River Bridge battlefield using an old map. The “meander scar” through which Lawler’s Brigade charged is still there. The map appears to show that the Confederates had not fortified that section of the line, I suppose because it would have been impossible for an army to charge that portion of the fortifications in line of battle … never guessing that an enemy might charge in column: through the meander scar, into the ditch bisecting the fortifications, and into the rear of the defending force.

          Unfortunately, the ditch that bisected the Confederate fortifications at that point has been plowed over and leveled … would be nice to see the Battle of the Big Black River Bridge get a little battlefield restoration love.

  4. I would like to see the break-up song written by Grant after he figured out what Halleck had been saying behind his back during 1861 – 1862. “There are no enemies between you and me” indeed … it was a line drawn straight to Halleck.

  5. AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” to Leonidas Polk

    Dropkick Murphy’s “Shipping Up to Boston” to Richard Ewell after Saylor’s Creek

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