Civil War Timeline

  • Confederate States of America is Formed

    Confederate States of America is Formed
    The 7 states met in Montgomery Alabama to create the CSA, which later on turns into 11 states. Presdient is Jefferson Davis of Mississippi.
  • Election of Lincoln

    Election of Lincoln
    Republican Abraham Lincoln is elected, and this stirs up even more contraversy over the already disputed issue of slavery as he is a republican, which implies anti slavery
  • South Carolina Secedes

    South Carolina Secedes
    South carolina is the first of many to secede, followed by texas, and florida, and a total of 7 states.
  • Lincoln is sworn in

    Lincoln is sworn in
  • Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter
    Goverment property in seceeded states, south attacked, and union did not fight back only defend. South captured.
  • Robert E Lee Resigns

    Robert E Lee Resigns
    Unable to fight against his home, he rejects the offer to fight for the union, and instead commands the navy for virgina and the confederates
  • Bull Run

    Bull Run
    Union is defeated at bull run ( south of washington). And the union run back to washington once again.
  • Trent Incident

    Trent Incident
    Two confederate soldiers on a british vessel (trent) were stopped by union navy in the caribbean, as they were on their way to europe for support. Britain objected this, but because neither sides wanted more war, things just sizzled out.
  • Merrimac

    Confederate ship sinks two wooden union ships. Changes warfare forever, causes union to start building ironclad ships also, which boosts their chances for winning the war.
  • Shiloh

    Confederate surprise attack on unprepared union troops at shiloh ( on tennessee river). Heavy losses on both sides.
  • Seven Days Battle

    Seven Days Battle
    Near richmond virginia Confederates led by Robert E Lee, and Union led by George B McClellan . Confederates won again, and the army of potomac retreated to washington.
  • Antietam

    Confederate armies stopped at Antietam, Maryland, 26 000 mean are dead and confederates withdraws
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    Ordered by Abraham Lincoln, freed all slaves in the southering states except those bordering the union. This was no use as the news never reached the slaves.
  • Assuming Command

    Assuming Command
    McClellan is replaced with Ambros E Burnside, because of McClellan's incompetence of reaction time (antietam followup)
  • Fredericksburg

    Union suffers defeat in virginia, with 12 653 union losses, and a mere 5 309 for the confederates
  • Final Emancipation

    Final Emancipation
    All slaves are freed in hopes for enlistment of black soldiers. The war becomes more and more about the abolition of slavery.
  • Joseph Hooker

    Joseph Hooker
    Joseph Hooker replaces Burnside
  • Drafting

    Affects all male citizens, except those who pay $300, which is unfair as "the blood of a poorman has the same worth of that of a wealthy one"
  • Battle of Chancellorsville, death of a general

    Battle of Chancellorsville, death of a general
    Union army defeated by small confederate forces in virgina, because of lee's tactics. Confederate general Stonewall Jackson is wounded mortally. Heavy losses on both sides. Jackson dies 6 days later
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    General E lee, lead invasion into the north. Largest battle ever fought in North America, 160 000 soldiers. Went on for 3 days, Lee launced assault, aka picketts charge, and fewer than half returned, and Lee a third of his total war force. The union winning now had control over the entire mississipi
  • Gettysburg Adress

    Gettysburg Adress
    President delievers a 2 minute speech on gettysburg battle ground, dedicating it to the dead soldiers.
  • Chattangooga

    The confederate take over at Chattanooga ends, as union forces under grant earn deeat of confederate forces under Braxton Bragg.
  • Cold Harbor

    Cold Harbor
    Mistake by Grant results in 7000 deaths at Cold Harbor Virginia. Soldiers knew of prevailing faith.
  • McClellan Runs

    McClellan Runs
    George B Mclellan attempts to run against Abraham Lincoln.
  • March to the Sea

    March to the Sea
    After destruction of Atlanta warehouses and railroads, sherman begins the march to the sea.
  • Lincolns Second Inaugural Address

    Lincolns Second Inaugural Address
    Taking an oath for the second time, he did not point fingers for the war, instead about an entire nations responsibility.
  • Lee Surrenders

    Lee Surrenders
    General Robert E Lee surrenders to Ulysses S Grant at Appomattox Court house virginia. Grant allows soldiers to keep horses and mules out of respect to lee.
  • Presidential Assasination

    Presidential Assasination
    President lincoln is shot at ford's theatre by John Wilkes Booth in hopes for avengence for southern loss.
  • John Wilkes Booth is killed

    John Wilkes Booth is killed
    After being pursued, John Wilkes Booth is killed in a tobacco barn in Virginia.
  • Thirteenth Amendment

    Thirteenth Amendment
    The Thirteenth Amendment is ratified and passed by congress. Slavery is abolished.