American Civil War

Timeline created by EPICAWESOMECOOL
  • Abraham Lincoln elected resident

  • South Carolina secedes from the Union

  • Battle of Fort Sumter

  • Virginia secedes from the Union

    followed by Arkansas (5/6/61), N.Carolina (5/20/61), Tennessee (6/8/61)
  • Blockade of Southern ports

  • Lee accepts command of Virginia State Forces

  • First Battle of Bull Run

    Union defeat under Irvin McDowell. Confederate general Thomas J.Jackson
  • Union Navy stops 2 Confederate diplomats for England

    Released as 'One war at a time'
  • Fort Henry and Fort Donelson

    First Victory. Grant
  • Death of Lincoln's 11 year old son Willie

  • Battle of Shiloh

  • Capture of New Orleans

    Admiral David Farragut
  • Battle of Seven Pines

    defeat under McClellan's Peninsula Campaign
  • Seven Days Battles

    Heavy Loss for Lee
  • Second Battle of Bull Run

    Defeat under John Pope
  • Capture of Harpers Ferry

    By Lee
  • Battle of Antietam

    The bloodiest day in history, 25000 casualties. Lee falls back.
  • Emancipation Proclamamtiion

    stating ” .. on the first day of January..all persons held in any State, or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” Over 200,000 black soldiers join the Union
  • Battle of Fredericksburg

    Confederate slaughterhouse
  • Battle of Chancelllorsville

    Defeat under Joseph Hooker. Stonewall Jackson wounded by friendly fire
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Defeat under CSA General George Pickett
  • Battle of Chickamauga

    CSA General Braxton Bragg defeats General William Rosecrans
  • Gettysburg Address

  • Battle of Chattanooga

    Grant defeats Braxton Bragg
  • Battle of Cold Harbor

    Grant loses 7000 men in 25 minutes
  • Siege of Petersburg

    Trench warfare, cutting off the railroad line
  • Battle of Atlanta

    Sherman seizes Atlanta
  • Battle of Cedar Creek

    “Sheridan’s Ride” will immortalize his famous ride from Winchester when he is told the Union line has broke. Riding his black 16 hand high gelding ” Rienzi”, he crashes down the road toward Cedar Creek waving his hat and yelling to the retreating Union soldiers to turn, until they cheer and rally renewing the attack. He drives Jubal Early from the lower Shenandoah Valley for good. Sheridan will rename the great horse “Winchester”.
  • ”THE SAVANNAH CAMPAIGN”

    Sherman burns through Georgia
  • Lee surrenders at Appomatox Courthouse

  • Lincoln assasinated

    Dies at 7:22 am shot by John Wilkes Booth