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7 Important Events of the Civil War

  • Election of 1860

    Election of 1860
    The Election of 1860 was when Abraham Lincoln was elected as president of the USA. This is believed to be what pushed Southern states to secede.
  • Attack on Fort Sumter

    Attack on Fort Sumter
    The attack on Ft. Sumter was where the first shots of the war were fired and is the seen as the start of the Civil War.
  • Anaconda Plan

    Anaconda Plan
    The Anaconda Plan was a plan to blockade the South and close all trade the South had with foriegn countries. It was extremely sucessful and closed down much of the South's trade.
  • Battle of Bull Run/Manasas

    Battle of Bull Run/Manasas
    The Battle of Bullrun was the first major battle of the Civil War. This was also the battle that showed the North and South that the war was going to be long and bloody.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    The Battle of Gettysburg was when the tides finally changed and the North started beating back the enemy and taking ground in the South. The Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the war, and this was seen as the turning point of the war to many people.
  • Gettysburg Address

    Gettysburg Address
    The Gettysburg Address was a short but powerful speech by Abraham Lincoln. It was about human equality, the sacrifice of soldiers for "a new birth of freedom", and the preservation of the Union among other things.
  • Surrender at Appomattox

    Surrender at Appomattox
    Appomattox Court House was a town in Virginia. This is where Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. Gen. Grant was very generous, and let Confederate Soldiers keep animals, gave them food, and more. Papers were signed to make the surrender of Lee's army official.