Civil War

  • Secession

    By 1860 tension was growing in the United States over the future of slavery, which eventually lead to the break up of the Union. The election of Republican Abraham Lincoln in 1860 lead South Carolina to secede with 10 other southern states following.
  • The South creates government

    At a convention in Montgomery, Alabama 7 states that had seceded now created their own Confederate constitution, The stated all voted Jefferson Davis a former secretary of war as the president of the Confederate States of America (CSA).
  • Fort Sumter

    Jefferson Davis ordered the Confederate forces to capture the Fort on April 12, 1861 the assault began, after two days the Fort capitulated and the Civil War began.
  • Bull Run to Antietam

    Bull Run to Antietam
    At the Battle of Bull Run the Confederate beat the Union Forces, and they fled back to Washington, but the South failed to take advantage of this. On the Spring of 1862 George McClennan launched his invasion of Virginia but was defeated by General Robert E. Lee. On September 17, 1862 at Antieman, Maryland Lee's forces were stopped by McClennan's army. It was the bloodiest day in American history.
  • McClennan Loses Command

    On March 8, !862 McClennan loses his supreme Command and is now only in charge of The Army of the Potomac, and was ordered to attack Richmond.
  • Battle of the "Monitor" and " Merimac"

    Battle of the "Monitor" and " Merimac"
    The battle between the Monitor and Virginia the first full iron ships fought to a draw.
  • Peninsular Campaign

    General McCellan's troops left Northern Virginia to do a Peninsular Campaign. By May 4th the took over Yorktown, and Wiliamsburg. Although the Confederates managed to keep them from the main part of their army.
  • Battle of Shiloh

    Cofederates attacted the Union, under the command of Ulyssys S. Grant, at Shiloh, Tennessee. By the end of the day the Union troops were almost defeated but reinforcement arrived during the night, and the next morning they managed to take the battlefield.
  • Emancipation Proclomation

    On January 1st 1863 the Emancipation Proclomation was issued which freed all of the slaves.
  • Conscription

    In March of 1863 the first conscription act was passed to make all able bodied people from the ages of 20 to 45 sign up for the military.
  • The battle of Gettysburg

    The battle of Gettysburg
    The battle of Gettysburg was commanded by General Robert E. Lee for the Confederates and General Meade for the Union. At this battle there were 160 000 troops fighting, and it is known as the biggest battle ever fought in North America.
  • Confederates and Washington D.C.

    Confederate General Early led his army toward Washington to relieve Lee's army, The army was within 5 miles of Washington but got pushed back to virginia on July 13 1864.
  • Election

    In November of 1864 Abraham Lincoln was Re-elected.
  • Fall of Conferates

    In January of 1865 the confederate forces fell due to a shortage of food and supplies to the South caused by blockades. Starving soldiers started deserting Lee's army and President Jefferson was considering arming slaves to supplement for the shrinking army.
  • Surrendering

    Between April and May of 1865 the last of the Confederate troops were surrendering.
  • Appotamox

    Lee troops were all surrounded and Grant told Lee to surrender on April 7, on April 9 1865 Lee finally surrendered.
  • Assassination of Lincoln

    Abraham Lincoln was watching a show at Ford's theatre in Washington, and was shot by John Wilkes Booth, a confederate that was upset about the defeat. Lincoln died the next day and Booth was killed 11 days later by a Union soldier.