The Civil War

  • New President Elected

    Abraham Lincoln is elected as the newest president of the United States of America.
  • Sucession from the Union

    In two months times, South Carolina, Mississippe, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas suceed from the Union. These colonies created the Confederates States of America (CSA).
  • First CSA President

    The Confederate States of America has elected their first president, Jefferson Davis, a West Point graduate and former U.S. Amry officer.
  • Lincoln's Inauguration

    Abraham Lincoln, America's 16th president is sworn into office.
  • The Start of the Civil War

    Under General Pierre Beauregaurd's command, the Confederate army attacks Fort Sumter in Charleston, North Carolina, at 4:30 in the morning, using a total of 50 cannons. This indicates the start of the American Civil War. Fot Sumter is captured on April 14.
  • President Lincoln Acts

    A Proclaimation is issued by Abraham Lincoln, requesting 75, 000 militiamen and a special session of Congress for the 4th of July. Robert E. Lee, the son of a Revolutionary War hero, had previously served in the American Army for 25 years and former Superintendent of West Point. He was offered the position to lead the Union Army. Lee rejects the request.
  • Succession Continues

    Virgina joins the Confederates. Within five weeks, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina leave the Union and join the Confederates. At this point, the Confederate states consist of a population of about 9 million, and 4 of the 9 million are slave, which the Union consists of 21 states, and a populating over 20 million.
  • Proclaimation of Blockade

    President Lincoln issues the Proclaimation of Blackade against the Southern ports. As the war is proceeding, the blackade limits the South from stayed well supplied throughout the war, while the North has become more industrialized.
  • Robert E. Lee's Resignation

    Robert E. Lee can no longer continue fighting and resigns his position in the American Army. "I cannot raise my hand against my birthplace, my home, my children." After resigning, Lee goes to Richmond, in Virginia, where he is offered the command of the military and the naval forces of Virginia.
  • Lincoln's Speech to Congress

    Lincoln delivers his speech to Congress, telling the members that the war is "a people's contest...a sturggle for maintaining in the world, that form, and substance of government, whose leading object is, to elevate the condition of men..." Congrees calls for 500, 000 men.
  • The First Bull Run

    The frist Bull Run takes place 25 miles northwest of Washington. The Union Army under Gen. Irvin McDowell is defeated by the Confederates under Gen. Thomas J. Jackson. Jackson's earned the nickname "Stonewall" after his birgade resisted the Union. The Union Army returns to Washingston. President Lincoln realizes that this was is not going to end in the near future.
  • New Commcander of the Department of the Potomac

    President Lincoln has demanded George B. McClellan as the Commander of the Department of the Potomac, replaced Dowell.
  • Fremont Replaced

    Following Lincoln's revoke on Gen. John C. Fremont's unauthorized military proclamation of emancipation in Missouri, Fremont is replaced by Gen, David Hunter.
  • McClellan as General-in-Chief

    Geroge B. McClellan is appointed as general-in-chief of all Union troops after Winfield Scott's resignation due to old age.McClellan ensures Lincoln he will do his best in leading the troops.
  • Confederates in England

    The Civil War soon becomes a bit of an internation diplomatic situation. The U.S. has seized two Confederates headed towards England. The English demand for the release of the Confederates, threatens using war. Lincoln breaks and releases the Confederates in December. "One war at a time, " Lincoln says.
  • General War Order No. 1

    The General War Order No. 1 is issued by President Lincoln. All American naval and land forces are to being a general advance by February 22, birthday of founding father, George Washington.
  • Ulysses "Unconditional Surrender" Grant

    Fort Hernry in Tennessee is captured by troops of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. Ten days later, his troops capture Fort Donelson, dubbing him the nickname "Uncondition Surrender" Grant.
  • Death of Lincoln's Daughter

    President Abraham Lincoln's 11 year old daughter, Willie, dies from a fever. It is believed that the cause of the fever was from drinking polluted water in the White House.
  • The Peninsular Campaign

    The Peninsular Campaign starts. McClellan's Army of the Potomac starts at Washingston fown the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay yo the peninsular south of Richmond, the capital of the Confederates, then advances toward Richmond.
  • Sunken Ships

    Two wooden ships of the Unions are sunken by a Confederate Ironclad 'Merrimac', then the Union Ironclad 'Monitor' is battled. Wooden ships are now obsolete.
  • Confederates' Surprise Attack

    Ulysses S. Grant's troops are unprepared as the Confederates perform a surprise attack at Shiloh on the Tennessee River. The results: 13, 000 Union casualties, and 10, 000 Confederate casualties (more men than in all previous American wars combined).
  • Taking New Orleans

    Flag Officer David Farragut is leader of 17 Union ships, moving up the Mississippi River, taking New Orleans, the South's biggest seaport.
  • The Battles of Seven Pines

    Gen. Joseph E. Johnston leads his army in attacking McClellan's troopa in front of Richmond. Confederates are nearly defeated, however, Johnston is severely injured.
  • Lee is "likely to be timid and irresolute in action." - McClellan

    Robert E. Lee takes the places of the badly wounded Johnston, renaming his force the Army of Northern Virginia.
  • The Seven Days Battle

    The Seven Days Battle takes place from June 25 to July 1. McClellan is attacked by Lee by Richmond, both sides suffer great amounts of losses. McClellan starts to head back towards Washington.
  • New General-in-Chief

    After four months, Lincoln is not longer his own general-in-chief, Gen. Henry W. (Old Brains) Halleck is appointed.
  • The Second Bull Run

    Second Bull Run takes takes place in northern Virginia. Gen. Stonewall Jackson and Gen. James Longstreet lead 55, 000 in defeating 75, 000 Unions lead by Gen. John Pope. Union troops head back towards Washington, and Pope is relieved by Lincoln.
  • Lee invades the North

    Lee and 50, 000 Confederates are headed towards Harpers Ferry, 50 miles northwest of Washingston. McClellan and his Union army of 90, 000 pursues Lee.
  • Antietam

    McClellan and the strong Union troops stop the Confederates led by Robert E. Lee at Antietam in Maryland. This is the bloodiest day in the U.S. military history. At the end of the day, 26, 000 men are either dead, wounded, or missing. Lee withdraws back to Virginia.
  • Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

    President Lincoln issues the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamaing, freeing slaves.
  • New Commander of the Amry of the Potomac

    McClellan is replaced by Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside as the new Commander of the Army of the Potomac.
  • Fredericksburg

    The Union/Army of the Potomac lost a total of 12, 653 men under the command of Gen. Burnside after being defeated at Fredericksburg in Virginia by the Confederates, who suffered the loss of only 5, 309 men.
  • Final Emancipation Proclamation

    President Lincoln issued the final Emancipation Proclamation that freed all the slaves in areas covered by the Confederates. Black soldiers were also enlisted into the Union Army. Many are dealing with the abolition of slavery.
  • Gen. Brunside Replaced

    President Lincolns removes Gen. Burnside as Commanfer of the Army of the Potomac, replaces him with Gen. Joseph (Fighting Joe) Hooker.
  • In Command of the Army of the West

    Gen. Grant is placed in command of the Army of the West. He recieves orders to capture Vicksburg.
  • Adult Male Citizens Affected

    The U.S. Congress says that all male citizens between the ages of 20 to 45 have to pay $300, or a substitute of that amount. Poor Northerners states that "the blood of a poor man is as precious as that of the wealthy."
  • The Battle of Chancellorsville

    The Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia takes place from May 1 to May 4. The Unions are led by Gen. Hooker, and is defeated by Lee's troops, despite his troops at a smaller number than of Gen Hooker's. Lee's victory is because of his brilliant and daring tactics and strategies. Gen. Stonewall Jackson of the Confederates is mortally wounded by his own soldiers. Hooker retreats, and the Union's 17, 000 casualties of the 130, 000 men, while Confederates had 13, 000 of the 60, 000.
  • The Loss of a Confederate

    Stonewall Jackson dies from his wounds. Before he died, his words were, "let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees."
  • Second Invasion of the North

    Robert E. Lee and 75, 000 Confederates start off on the second invasion of the North. They head towards Pennsylvania, soon leading to Gettysburg.
  • Hooker Replaced

    Gen. George G. Meade replaces Hooker as the commander of the Army of the Potomac. In less than a year's time, Meade is the 5th commander of the Army of the Potomac.
  • The Battle of Gettysburg

    The Confederates are defeated by the North at the Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania.
  • The Confederates Surrender

    The last Confederate stronghold, Vicksburg on the Mississippe Rivier, surrender to Gen. Grant and the Army of the West after being sieged for six weeks. The Union is not in control of the Mississippi and the Confederates are split into two, seperated from their western allies.
  • Anti-Draft Riots

    Occurring in New York City, arson and poor immigrant whites murdering blacks. At least 120 (plus children) killed, and $2 million worth of damages made. Union soldiers returning from the Battles of Gettysburg restore order.
  • 'Negro-Troops'

    'Negro troops' of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment under the command of Col. Robert G. Shaw attack Rebels at Fort Wagner, Sout Carolina. Col. Shaw and 300 of the 600 of the regiment are killed in the attack.
  • Equailty for Union 'Negro troops'

    Frederick Douglass, an abolitionist, and President Lincoln meet to discuss full equality for 'Negro troops'.
  • Confederates and Pro-Slavery Followers

    William C. Quantrill, a pro-Confederate, and 450 others who are pro-slaves, raid Lawrence in Kansas. 182 boys and men are butchered.
  • Chickamauga

    Gen. Braxton Bragg and his Army of Tennessee, all Confederates, siege Gen. William S. Rosecran's Union Army of the Cumberland in Chattanooga, Tennessee, after a victory in Chickmauga.
  • All Appointed By One

    Gen. Grant is appointed by the president to command all the operations in the western theatre.
  • The Gettysburg Address

    President Lincol delivers his famous Gettysburg Address, lasting a little over two minutes. The speech takes place at a ceremony at a cemetery, dedicated to those who have died.
  • The Rebel Siege of Chattanooga

    The siege at Chattanooga is over after the Union Army under the command of Gen. Grant defeats Gen. Braxton Bragg's siege army.
  • Gen. Grant Commands All

    Gen. Grant is appointed by Lincoln to command all the armies of the United States. As Grant is also a commander in the west, Gen. William T. Sherman succeeds.
  • Campaign of the Union Armies

    This day is the start of a huge campaign, all the Union Armies are participating. Grant has an Army of 120, 000 in Virginia, and they start towards Richmond to engage Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, which consists of 64, 000 men. This marks the start of multiple major battles. At the same time, Sherman has 100, 000 men and start advancing towards Atlanta to engage Joseph E. Johnston, where his Army of Tennessee has 60, 000 men.
  • Cold Harbor

    A 20 minute battle at Cold Harbor in Virginia, where Grant and the Unions suffered 7, 000 casualties against fortified Rebels. Many Union soldiers already predicted that this was going to be a hard battle.
  • Opportunity Missed

    An opportunity is missed by the Unions to capture Petersburg. Capturing Petersburg will be able to cut off rail lines of the Confederates. Grant sieges Lee, surrounding them in Petersburg for a total of nine months.
  • Johnston Replaced

    Johnston is replaced by Gen. John B. Hood, now leading them into battle against Sherman in Atlanta.
  • McClellan Nominated

    Geroge B. McClellan was nominated by the Democrats to run for president against Abraham Lincoln.
  • Atlanta Captured

    Sherman's army captures Atlanta. Taking over Atlanta helps Lincoln in the re-election.
  • Shaenandoah Valley

    In the Shenandoah Valley, Gen. Philip H. Sheridan and the Unions gain a vistory over Jubals Early's troops.
  • Lincoln Re-elected as President

    Abramham Lincoln defeats his opponent, Democrat George B. McClellan in the re-election.
  • March to the Sea

    Sherman and his 62, 000 men has just destroyed and damaged warehouses and railroad facilities in Atlanta. Now, they start a March to the Sea, with approval from Lincoln.
  • Defeated in Nashville

    Gen. Geroge H. Thomas leads 55, 000 Federals, including Negro troops, in deafeated Hood's Rebel Army of 23, 000 in Nashville.
  • A Path of Destruction

    As they travel from Atlanta to Savannah in Georgia, Sherman and his troops left a path of destruction 300 miles long, and 60 miles wide. Sherman sends Lincoln a message, giving his Savannah as a Christmas present.
  • The Thirteenth Amendment

    The Thirteenth Amendment is approved by Congress to the United States Constitution. This abolishes slavery. The amendment is now submitted to the states from ratification.
  • Lincoln and Alexander Stephens

    Lincoln and vice president of the Confederates, Alexander Stephens, meet for a peace conference at Hampton Roads in Virginia. However, the meeting fails, as the civil war continues.
  • President Lincoln's Inauguration

    Abraham Lincoln's inauguration takes places in Washington.
  • The Battle at Petersburg

    A four hour long battles takes places at Petersburg between Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and Grant's forces.
  • The Confederate Capital, Richmond

    Grant and his troops get through Lee and his troops at Petersburg. Gen. Ambrose P. Hill, a Confederate, is killed, followed by Lee's departure. Richmond is evacuated, while fire and looting starts to break out. The following day, Unions raise the American flag.
  • President Lincoln's Trip

    President Lincoln takes a trip to Richmond, where he visited the Confederate White House and took a seat in Jefferson Davis' desk.
  • Lee Surrenders

    Ge. Robert E. Lee and his Confederate soldiers surrender to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at the village of Appomattox Court House in Virginia. The Rebel officers are allowed to keep their sidearms and allows the soldiers to keep horses and mules. Lee tells his troops, "after four years to arduous service marked by the unsurpassed courage and fortitude the Army of Northern Virginia has been compelled to yield to overwhelming number and resources."
  • Celebration!

    People on Washington are broken out in celebration.
  • Lincoln's Assassination

    The American flag is raised at Fort Sumter. That same night, Lincoln and his wife Mary are at the Ford's Theater watching "Pur American Cousin". The president is shot by John Wilkes Booth at around 10:13 PM.
  • Lincoln's Passing

    President Lincoln dies at about 7:22 in the morning. Vice President Andrew Johnson takes the role of America's president.
  • Johnston Surrenders

    By Durham in North Carolina, Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston surrenders to Sherman.
  • Booth's Passing

    John Wilkes Booth is found in a tobacco barn in Virginia, where he is shot and killed.
  • America is Reunited

    The remainder of the Confederate troops surrender, and the CSA rejoins the Union, forming the United States of America. By the end of the Civil War, over 620, 000 Americans lost their lives. Disease also spreads over the nation, killing double the amount of people lost in the war. 50, 000 luckily survive the war, and return as amputees.
  • Lincoln Laid to Rest

    Abraham Lincoln is laid to rest in Oak Ridge Cemetery by Springfield, Illinois.
  • Slavery is Abolished

    The U.S. Congress passes the Thirteenth Amendment, and is added to the United States Constitution after being ratified by the American states. Slavery is now abolished.