Civil War

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    Civil War Time Span
  • Jefferson Davis

    Jefferson Davis
    Jefferson Davis officaly states he is in favor of Seccesion
  • Abraham Lincoln Seaks

    Abraham Lincoln Seaks
    Abraham Lincoln speaks at the Cooper Institute in New York City.
  • Southern Delegates Meeting

    Southern Delegates Meeting
    Southern delegates hold a National Democratic convention in Richmond. Party leaders urge a "wait and see" approach.
  • John C. Breckinridge

    John C. Breckinridge
    John C. Breckinridge as nominee for southern President
  • Major John F. Reynolds

    Major John F. Reynolds
    Lieutenant Colonel William Hardee is replaced by Major John F. Reynolds as commander of cadets at West Point
  • Governor William Henry Gist

    Governor William Henry Gist
    Governor William Henry Gist warns other southern states about South Carolina considering secession
  • Abraham Lincoln Wins

    Abraham Lincoln Wins
    Abraham Lincoln wins the 1860 Presidential election.
  • James Chesnut Resigned

    James Chesnut Resigned
    Southerner James Chesnut Resigns from his senator position
  • Georgia Convention

    Georgia Convention
    Georgia calls for a convention with southern states, and the idea of forming there own, independent Nation.
  • Southern Secession

    Southern Secession
    South offically Secedes from the Union and becomes a free state
  • Pro-Union Meeting

     Pro-Union Meeting
    A pro Union meeting is held in Parkersburg.
  • Confederate States of America

    Confederate States of America
    The Seceded States form the Confederate States of America
  • Texas

    Texas
    Texas becomes part of the Confederate States of America
  • Firing at Fort Sumter

    Firing at Fort Sumter
    Confederate batteries along the shore of Charleston Harbor fire on Fort Sumter under the command of Major Robert Anderson.
  • Arsenal Removal

    Arsenal Removal
    Robert E. Lee orders Stonewall Jackson to remove the weapons and equipment from the arsenal at Harpers Ferry
  • Wheeling Convetion

    Wheeling Convetion
    The first wheeling convtion is held
  • Confederate seize

    Confederate seize
    the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad from Point of Rocks to Cumberland
  • Battle of Philippi

    Battle of Philippi
    First confrontation between Union and Confederate states
  • Bull Run

    Bull Run
    First major battle of the Civil War
  • Winfield Scott

    Winfield Scott
    Winfield Scott is relieved from his duty as Commander
  • Battle of Ft. Donelson

    Battle of Ft. Donelson
    Battle of Ft. Donelson takes place
  • Battle of Pea Ridge

    Battle of Pea Ridge
    Battle of Pea Ridge takes place
  • Battle of Elkhorn Tavern

    Battle of Elkhorn Tavern
    Battle of Elkhorn Tavern takes place
  • Battle of Hampton Roads

    Battle of Hampton Roads
    Battle of Hampton Roads takes place
  • Battle of Pittsburg Landing

    Battle of Pittsburg Landing
    Battle of Pittsburg Landing takes place
  • Battle of Shiloh

    Battle of Shiloh
    Battle of Shiloh takes place
  • Battle of Seven Pines

    Battle of Seven Pines
    Battle of Seven Pines takes place
  • Battle of Fair Oaks

    Battle of Fair Oaks
    Battle of Fair Oaks
  • Jefferson Davis

    Jefferson Davis
    Jefferson Davis replaces wounded Army of Northern Virginia commander Joseph E. Johnston with Robert E. Lee
  • Battle of Fredericksburg

    Battle of Fredericksburg
    Battle of Fredericksburg takes place
  • The Emancipation Proclamation

    The Emancipation Proclamation
    The Emancipation Proclamation goes in affect
  • General Joseph Hooker

    General Joseph Hooker
    Abraham Lincoln relieves General Ambrose Burnside from command of the Army of the Potomac, replacing him with General Joseph Hooker.
  • Battle of Chancellorsville

    Battle of Chancellorsville
    Battle of Chancellorsville takes place
  • Hookers Defeat

    Hookers Defeat
    General "Fighting Joe" Hooker's Army of the Potomac is defeated by Robert E. Lee's Army
  • West Virginia

    West Virginia
    West Virginia becomes the 35th state to enter the United States
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    Battle of Gettysburg starts
  • George Meade

    George Meade
    General Robert E. Lee advances into Pennsylvania where he meets George Meade.
  • Battle of Chickamauga

    Battle of Chickamauga
    Battle of Chickamauga takes place
  • Gettysburg Address

    Gettysburg Address
    At the dedication of the National Cemetery in Gettysburg President Lincoln delivers a two-minute speech.
  • Battle of Missionary Ridge

    Battle of Missionary Ridge
    Battle of Missionary Ridge takes place
  • Colonel Thomas Rose

    Colonel Thomas Rose
    109 Union officers led by Colonel Thomas Rose escape from Libby Prison on the banks of the James River in Richmond.
  • Battle of the Wilderness

    Battle of the Wilderness
    Battle of the Wilderness takes place
  • General Benjamin Butler

    General Benjamin Butler
    Army of the James under General Benjamin Butler lands at Bermuda Hundred and City Point, east of Petersburg.
  • Ulysses S. Grant

    Ulysses S. Grant
    Ulysses S. Grant is badly beaten on the field by Robert E. Lee but rather than retreat, Grant advances to Spotsylvania Court House.
  • Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

    Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
    Battle of Spotsylvania Court House takes place
  • Battle of Picketts Mill

    Battle of Picketts Mill
    Battle of Picketts Mill takes place
  • Battle of Cold Harbor

    Battle of Cold Harbor
    Battle of Cold Harbor tales place
  • Robert E. Lee Victory

    Robert E. Lee Victory
    Robert E. Lee defeats General Ulysses S. Grant and General George Meade.
  • Union Ships

    Union Ships
    18 Union ships sail past the entrance to Mobile Bay.
  • Battle of Nashville

    Battle of Nashville
    Battle of Nashville takes place
  • Francis P. Blair

    Francis P. Blair
    Francis P. Blair arrives in Richmond, Virginia with a proposal for a peace conference.
  • Attack on Fort Fisher

    Attack on Fort Fisher
    Attack on Fort Fisher took place
  • The 13th Amendment

    The 13th Amendment
    The 13th Amendment is passed by the U. S. House
  • Battle of Hatchers Run

    Battle of Hatchers Run
    Battle of Hatchers Run takes place
  • John C. Breckinridge

    John C. Breckinridge
    John C. Breckinridge becomes Confederate Secretary of War
  • Battle of Fort Stedman

    Battle of Fort Stedman
    Battle of Fort Stedman takes place
  • Battle of Five Forks

    Battle of Five Forks
    Battle of Five Forks takes place
  • Robert E. Lee surrenders

    Robert E. Lee surrenders
    After attempting to break-out of the Union envelopment, Robert E. Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysess S. Grant
  • Abraham Lincoln is assassinated

    Abraham Lincoln is assassinated
    United States President Abraham Lincoln is assassinated on Good Friday by John Wilkes Booth in Ford's Theatre
  • The 13th Amendment proclaimed

    The 13th Amendment proclaimed
    The 13th Amendment, which abolishes slavery except as a form of punishment, is proclaimed
  • Virginia

    Virginia
    Virginia rejects the 14th Amendment
  • President Lincoln's birthday

    President Lincoln's birthday
    The first formal observation of President Lincoln's birthday is held in Washington, D. C.
  • Freedman's Bureau

    Freedman's Bureau
    New Freedman's Bureau bill passed by Congress.
  • Texas repeals

    Texas repeals
    Texas repeals the actions of the Secessionist Convention
  • President Johnson

    President Johnson
    President Johnson vetos the Civil Rights Act of 1866 on the grounds that it was unconstitutional
  • Ford's Theater

    Ford's Theater
    Congress appropriates $100,000 to buy Ford's Theater.
  • Civil Rights Act

    Civil Rights Act
    Congress overrides President Andrew Johnson's veto of the Civil Rights Act
  • Cholera epidemic

    Cholera epidemic
    Cholera epidemic begins in New York when an infected passenger arrives in New York
  • Winfield Scott

    Winfield Scott
    Winfield Scott dies
  • New Jersey

    New Jersey
    New Jersey ratifies the 14th Amendment
  • North Carolina

    North Carolina
    North Carolina rejects the 14th Amendment
  • Ohio

    Ohio
    Ohio ratifies the 14th Amendment
  • Kentucky

    Kentucky
    Kentucky rejects the 14th Amendment
  • Blacks vote

    Blacks vote
    Blacks in Washington D. C. gain the right to vote in a bill passed over President Andrew Johnson's veto
  • Delaware

    Delaware
    Delaware rejects the 14th Amendment
  • Nebraska

    Nebraska
    Nebraska ratifies the 14th Amendment
  • Reconstruction Committee

    Reconstruction Committee
    House Select Committee on Reconstruction is appointed
  • Secretary of War

    Secretary of War
    President Andrew Johnson demands the resignation of Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War.
  • Edwin Stanton

    Edwin Stanton
    Edwin Stanton suspended by President Andrew Johnson
  • Alaska

    Alaska
    Russia turns over Alaska to the United States