American Civil War

  • Formation of the Confederacy

    Formation of the Confederacy
    The Confederate States of America is formed with Jefferson Davis on February 9, 1861.
  • Official Start of American Civil War

    Official Start of American Civil War
    First shots fired at Fort Sumter in South Carolina on April 12, 1861.
  • First Major Battle of the Civil War

    First Major Battle of the Civil War
    First major battle of the American Civil War is the First Battle of Bull Run on July 21, 1861.
  • Second Battle of Bull Run

    Second Battle of Bull Run
    The Second Battle of Bull Run starts on August 29 and ends on August 30, 1862. The Confederates defeat the Union soldiers, who retreat back to Washington.
  • Battle of Fredericksburg

    Battle of Fredericksburg
    Costly defeat of the Union soldiers out of the Army of the Potomac by the Confederates. The Union loses over twelve thousand soldiers in this battle while the Confederates lose a little over five thousand.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    President Licoln signs the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, stating that all slaves in the Confederacy are freed.
  • Siege of Vicksburg

    Siege of Vicksburg
    The Siege of Vicksburg starts on May 18, 1863, and is the final military action in the Vicksburg campaign in the Civil War. The Confederates finally surrendered on July 4, 1863.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    Battle of Gettysburg lasted from July 1 to July 3, 1863, and had the largest amount of casualties in a single battle of the Civil War. It is also described as the turning point of the war, as the Union pushed the Confederates back out of the north.
  • Gettysburg Address

    Gettysburg Address
    President Lincoln gives address at Gettysburg stating he wanted a government "of the people, by the people, for the people" on November 19, 1863.
  • Cold Harbor

    Cold Harbor
    Almost seven thousand casualties are lost when General Grant tries to take the offensive against rebels in Cold Harbor, Virginia.
  • Confederacy Surrenders

    Confederacy Surrenders
    Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders at Appomattox, Virginia, on April 9, 1865.
  • Lincoln Assassinated

    Lincoln Assassinated
    President Lincoln was shot on April 14, 1865, by John Wilkes Booth.