Civil War Timeline

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    The Civil War

  • South Carolina Secession

    State legislature called for a convention, and it was almost unanimous- they decided to become independent.
  • Lincoln Election

    In office
    March 4, 1861 – April 15, 1865
  • Battle of Fort Sumter

    The Battle of Fort Sumter (April 12–13, 1861) was the bombardment and surrender of Fort Sumter near Charleston, South Carolina, that started the American Civil War.
  • Battle Of Bull Run/Manassas

    sourceFought near Manassas, Virginia, first major land battle of the Civil War.
  • Ulysses Grant

    Ulysses Grant
    Union commander of troops. Relied on numbers to win rather than strategy,
  • Battle of the Monitor and Merrimack

  • Battle of Shiloh

    sourceMajor battle fought inTennessee, confederates launched surprise attack on the Union, but lost on the second day.
  • Battle of Antietam

    Battle of Antietam
    sourceFirst major battle of the Civil War fought on Northern soil. 23,000 casualities. Fought as a part of the Maryland campaign, and took place in Antietam Creek, Maryland.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    sourceConsists of two executive orders issued by Abraham Lincoln. The first one, on Sep. 22, declared the freedom of all slaves in any Southern area that did not return to Union control by January 1, 1863. The second order, issued January 1, 1863, named ten specific states where it would apply
  • Battle of Fredericksburg

    Principal battle of the Fredericksburg Campaign, around the town in Virginia. Remembered as one of the most one-sided battle of the Civil War. Union army suffered terrible casualties.
  • Battle of Chancellorsville

    sourceMajor battle of the Civil War fought in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, near the village of Chancellorsville and the area from there to the east at Fredericksburg. The Union army fought an army half its size, but the Confederates won.
  • Stonewall Jackson's Death

    Accidentally shot at the battle of Chancellorsville by one of his men.
  • Siege of Vicksburg

    The Siege of Vicksburg was the final major military action in the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War
  • West Virginia Becomes a state

    WV becomes admitted into the union.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    sourceThe war's turning point, fought in the town of Gettysburg, in Pennsylvania, as part of the Gettysburg campaign.
  • Battle Of Little Round Top

    The smaller of two rocky hills at Gettysburg. Second day at the Battle of Gettysburg,
  • Gettysburg Address

    sourceSpeech delivered by Abe Lincoln, one of the most well known in American history. Dedicated of the Soldiers' National Cemetary in the town in Pennsylvania. It took place four and half months after Union armies defeated the Conderates at the battle of Gettysburg.
  • Sherman's March to the Sea

    Sherman's March to the Sea
    Savannah Campaign During November-December in 1864. It began after Sherman's troops left Atlanta after capturing the city.
  • Lincoln gets Reelected

    Lincoln gets Reelected
    Lincoln gets reelected as president with a majority vote.
  • End of Civil War

    Surrender at Appomatox Courthouse. Robert E. Lee and the Confederacy surrender to Ulysses Grant and the Union.
  • 13th Amendment

    Prohibits and abolishes slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for a crime.