Civil War

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    sart and end

  • Abraham Lincoln elected president

    Abraham Lincoln elected president
    Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th president of the United States over a deeply divided Democratic Party, becoming the first Republican to win the presidency. Lincoln received only 40 percent of the popular vote but, defeated the three other candidates.
  • Battle at Fort Sumter

    Battle at Fort Sumter
    On April 12, 1861, General Beauregard, in command of the Confederate forces around Charleston Harbor. Opened fire on the Union garrison holding Fort Sumter. At 2:30pm on April 13 Major Robert Anderson, garrison commander, surrendered the fort and was evacuated the next day.
  • Blockade of the confederate ports

    Blockade of the confederate ports
    During the war the Union established a blockade of confedereate ports in order to prevent the export of cotton, and would stop the smuggling of war supplies to the confederates.
  • 1st Battle of Bull run

    1st Battle of Bull run
    This was the first major land batttle of the armies in Virginaia
  • Monitor Vs. Virginia Naval Battle

    Monitor Vs. Virginia Naval Battle
    The Battle between the two ships ended in a stand still, but marked one of the most famous naval battles in history.
  • Shiloh

    The Battle of Shiloh, also referred to as the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, was fought April 6 to 7, 1862, in the Western theater of southwestern Tennessee. This was considered to be one of the major early battles to be witnessed during the Civil War.
  • Seven days Campaign

    Seven days Campaign
    The Seven Days Battles was a series of six major battles over the seven days from June 25 to July 1, 1862. The Seven Days ended with McClellan's army in safety next to the James River, having suffered almost 16,000 casualties during the retreat.
  • 2nd battle of Bull Run

    2nd battle of Bull Run
    The Second Battle of Bull Run (Manassas) proved to be the deciding battle in the Civil War campaign waged between Union and Confederate armies in northern Virginia in 1862. In the end it was a big win for the Confederates.
  • Antietam

    One of the bloodiest battles ever took place Spetember 17, 1862 when the Army of the Potomac, under the command of George McClellan, mounted a series of powerful assaults against Robert E. Lee’s forces near Sharpsburg, Maryland. The battle eneded with 23,000 dead
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."
  • Emancipation Proclamation takes effect

    Emancipation Proclamation takes effect
    President Abraham Lincoln signs the final Emancipation Proclamation, which ends slavery in the rebelling states. A preliminary proclamation was issued in September 1862, following the Union victory at the Battle of Antietam in Maryland.
  • Battle at Chancellorsville

    Battle at Chancellorsville
    Chancellorsville, April 30–May 6, 1863, resulted in a Confederate victory that stopped an attempted flanking movement by Maj. Gen.
  • Siege at Vicksburg

    Siege at Vicksburg
    The Battle of Vicksburg, Mississippi, also called the Siege of Vicksburg, was a long land and naval campaign by Union forces to capture a key strategic position during the American Civil War. President Liconoln believed if they captured Vickburg they would have control of the Mississippi and would win the war.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    The Battle of Gettysburg, was fought July 1–3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was the battle with the largest number of casualties in the American Civil War and is often described as the war's turning point.
  • Gettysburg Adress

    Gettysburg Adress
    Lincoln's Gettysburg Address remains the most quoted speech in the history of the United States. The first hint at predominant people's rights and the power of democracy, this address was delivered at the Soldiers' National Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863.
  • Battle of Chattanooga

    Battle of Chattanooga
    Union forces routed Confederate troops in Tennessee at the battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, known collectively as the Battles for Chattanooga. The victories forced the Confederates back into Georgia, ending the siege of the vital railroad junction of Chattanooga, and paving the way for Union General William Tecumseh Sherman's Atlanta campaign and march to Savannah, Georgia, in 1864.
  • Ulysses S. Grant Takes over Union army

    Ulysses S. Grant Takes over Union army
    Grant directed Sherman to drive through the South while he used the Army of the Potomac to pin down General Lee's Army.
  • Sherman Captures Atlanta

    Sherman Captures Atlanta
    Union General William T. Sherman led 60,000 soldiers on a 285 mile march from Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia. The purpose of this “March to the Sea” was to frighten Georgia’s civilian population into abandoning the Confederate cause.
  • Lincoln re-elected

    Lincoln re-elected
    On this day in 1864, Northern Voters re-elected Lincoln and had hope for a negotiated settlement with the Confederacy vanished.
  • Sherman Begins "March to the Sea"

    Sherman Begins "March to the Sea"
    On this day in 1864, Union General William T. Sherman begins his expedition across Georgia by torching the industrial section of Atlanta and pulling away from his supply lines. For the next six weeks, Sherman's army destroyed most of the state before capturing the Confederate seaport of Savannah, Georgia.
  • Savannah Georgia falls to the Union

    Savannah Georgia falls to the Union
    Sherman and his men arrive in Savannah Georgia, waiting to capture the city, to end the war
  • Robert E Lee Surrenders

    Robert E Lee Surrenders
    At Appomattox, Virginia, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War.
  • President Lincoln Assassination

    President Lincoln Assassination
    The Assassination of President Lincoln April 14, 1865 Shortly after 10 p.m. on April 14, 1865. John Wilkes Booth entered the presidential box at Ford's Theatre in Washington D.C. and shot President Abraham Lincoln.
  • Union Amry moves and occupies Richmand VA

    Union Amry moves and occupies Richmand VA
    Richmond, Virginia, served as the capital of the Confederate States of America during the vast majority of the American Civil War. It was the target of numerous attempts by the Union Army to seize possession of the capital, finally falling to the Federals in April 1865.
  • 13th Ammendment passed

    13th Ammendment passed
    On this day in 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, officially ending the institution of slavery, is ratified.