Civil War

  • Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter
    At 4:30 a.m. Confederates open fire upon Fort Sumter in Charleston, South Carolina. The Civil War begins.
    Fort Sumter after its captured in 2 days.
  • Bull Run

    Bull Run
    The Union Army under Gen. Irvin McDowell suffers a defeat at Bull Run, 25 miles southwest of Washington. Confederate, Thomas J. Jackson earns the nickname "Stonewall," as his fight resists Union attacks. Union troops retrete to Washington.
  • Shiloh

    Confederate surprise attack on Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's troops at Shiloh on the Tennessee River results in 13,000 killed Union soldeirs and wounded 10,000 Confederates, more men than in all previous American battles combined. he fights," Lincoln says.
  • Fredericksburg

    The Potomac Army under Gen. Burnside suffer a harmful defeat at Fredericksburg in Virginia that killed 12,653 men after 14 frontal strikes. "We might as well have tried to take hell," a Union soldier states. Confederate losses are 5,309.
  • Chancellorsville

    The Union Army under Gen. Hooker is defeated by Lee's much smaller forces at the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia because of Lee's daring tactics. Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson is wounded by freindly fire and Hooker retreats. 17,000 union killed, wounded are in the 130,000. The Confederates, 13, 000 out of 60,000.
  • Gettysburg

    The war turns against the South as the Confederates are defeated at the Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania
  • Chickamauga

    A Confederate victory by Gen. Braxton Bragg's Army of Tennessee at Chickamauga leaves Gen. William S. Rosecrans' Union Army of the Cumberland trapped in Chattanooga, Tennessee under Confederate capture.
  • Chattanooga

    The Chattanooga battle ends as Union troops under Grant defeat the army of Gen. Braxton Bragg. During the battle, one of the most dramatic moments of the war occurs. Yelling "Chickamauga! Chickamauga!" Union troops took revenge for their last defeat at Chickamauga by storming up the face of Missionary Ridgeand and won.
  • Cold Harbor

    Cold Harbor
    A battle that mistakingly, by Grant results in 7,000 Union casualties in twenty minutes during an offensive against Rebels at Cold Harbor in Virginia.
  • Lee Surrenders

    Lee Surrenders
    Gen. Robert E. Lee surrenders his Army to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at the town of Appomattox Court House in Virginia. Grant allows Robert E. Lee's officers to keep their arms, permits, horses and mules. The war is over.