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.


37 thoughts on “The Taylor Swift Civil War Quiz

  1. Louis Burklow November 19, 2012 / 4:38 pm

    “You’re So Vain” to George McClellan

  2. wgdavis November 19, 2012 / 4:43 pm

    “Together Again”, by U.S. Grant

  3. Patrick Young November 19, 2012 / 6:11 pm

    “mr. Lee” by the bobbettes for the obvious personage

  4. Bill N. November 19, 2012 / 6:23 pm

    “These Boots Were Made For Stomping” as sung by Uncle Billy T. Sherman to Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood at Atlanta…

  5. Lyle Smith November 19, 2012 / 9:33 pm

    “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

  6. Lyle Smith November 19, 2012 / 10:13 pm

    “Angel of Sin” by Hank Williams III: Jefferson F. Davis to his Senate colleagues sometime after Lincoln’s election

  7. Lyle Smith November 19, 2012 / 11:16 pm

    “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

  8. Russell Bonds November 20, 2012 / 7:13 am

    “You Said They Couldn’t Hit An Elephant At This Distance, But Baby, You Wuz Wrong.”

  9. John Foskett November 20, 2012 / 8:10 am

    “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.

  10. Bummer November 20, 2012 / 9:28 am

    “Yesterday” by the Beatles, to Robert E. Lee at Appomattox

  11. Moon November 20, 2012 / 10:02 am

    Rolling In The Deep,by Adele,we could have had it all,to the Confederacy..

  12. Thaddeus Romansky November 20, 2012 / 10:27 am

    “Who’s Gonna’ Ride Your Wild Horses?” by U2 for J. E. B. Stuart?

  13. Chris Rose November 20, 2012 / 10:42 am

    Under My Thumb — Lincoln to McClellan and/or Jeff Davis to Joe Johnston

  14. Chuck November 20, 2012 / 1:00 pm

    Lewis Payne (or Powell): “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult

  15. Charles November 20, 2012 / 2:02 pm

    I’m in Stonewall’s “ARM” Again

  16. Ed T November 20, 2012 / 2:30 pm

    “I got you babe” Grant singing to Lee, April 1965

    • Ed T November 20, 2012 / 2:31 pm

      Ops! 1865

  17. R E Watson November 20, 2012 / 3:52 pm

    “I hear you knocking…..” Meade to Lee at Gettysburg (all 3 days !)

  18. R E Watson November 20, 2012 / 3:56 pm

    “I’ve Got You Under My Skin ” Lincoln to Little Mac

  19. R E Watson November 20, 2012 / 3:57 pm

    D I V O R C E The seceding states to Lincoln.

  20. Chris Evans November 20, 2012 / 4:18 pm

    ‘We’re only in it for the Money’- by The John C McClernand story

    • Chris Evans November 20, 2012 / 4:19 pm

      I mean the John ‘A’ McClernand story.


      • tonygunter November 21, 2012 / 9:08 am

        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.

        • tonygunter November 21, 2012 / 12:27 pm

          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.

  21. Rob Wick November 20, 2012 / 5:21 pm

    “Beat It,” William Seward to the Confederacy.

  22. SF Walker November 20, 2012 / 8:10 pm

    “Hell Hole” by Spinal Tap. sung by Civil War POWs of both armies.

  23. Chris Rose November 20, 2012 / 9:06 pm

    I also like for Nathan Bedford Forest – “Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta.”

  24. Robert Gudmestad November 21, 2012 / 7:43 am

    “Fire,” by the Pointer Sisters. William T. Sherman to the Mayor of Atlanta

  25. Incessant Needler November 21, 2012 / 8:37 am

    “Battlefield” by Jordin Sparks between Grant and Lee, natch!

  26. tonygunter November 21, 2012 / 9:10 am

    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.

  27. Moon November 21, 2012 / 11:13 am

    Don’t sleep in the subway-Lincoln to Jeff Davis..

  28. Buck Buchanan November 21, 2012 / 11:30 am

    AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” to Leonidas Polk

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

  29. Ned B November 25, 2012 / 8:13 am

    Wade Hampton — “You don’t own me” (1963 Lesley Gore)

  30. Greg Taylor November 25, 2012 / 9:18 am

    “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” to Burnside at Antietam.

  31. Helga Ross November 25, 2012 / 2:47 pm

    Georgia on My Mind ~ William T. Sherman

  32. Tom Black November 26, 2012 / 1:59 pm

    “Since U Been Gone” (Kelly Clarkson): Republicans to Jefferson Davis

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