Civil War

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    Civil War

  • Abraham Lincoln Election

    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
  • Confederacy of the United States is formed

    Formed in February 1861, the Confederate States of America was a republic composed of eleven Southern states that seceded from the Union in order to preserve slavery, states’ rights, and political liberty for whites.
  • Fort Henry

    Union Victory
    By February 1862, Fort Henry, a Confederate earthen fort on the Tennessee River with outdated guns, was partially inundated and the river threatened to flood the rest. On February 4-5, Brig. Gen. U.S. Grant landed his divisions in two different locations, one on the east bank of the Tennessee River
  • Battle of Fort Donelson

    February 11-16, 1862
    After capturing Fort Henry on February 6, 1862, Brig. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant advanced cross-country to invest Fort Donelson.
    Union victory.
  • Battle of Shiloh

    April 6th-7th
    Union Victory
  • Battle of Antieam

    September 16 - 18, 1862
    Washington County, Maryland
  • Battle of Fredericksburg

    December 11th- 15th 1862
    Confederate Victory
  • Emancipation Proclamtion

    Wahington D.C.
  • Battle of Fort Sumter

    April 12, Confederate batteries opened fire on the fort.
  • Battle of Chancellorsville

    April 30th - May 6th 1862
    Confederate victory
  • Battle of Vicksburg

    May 18th - July 4th 1863
    Union Victory
  • Fort Wagner Morris

    July 18th to September 7th
    South Carolina
  • Battle of Chickamauga

    September 18th- 20th 1863. Confederate Victory
  • Gettysburg Address

    Ever since Lincoln wrote it in 1864, this version has been the most often reproduced, notably on the walls of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
  • Battle of Chattanooga

    November 23rd-25th 1863
    Union Victory
  • Battle of Spotsylvania

    May 8th- 21st 1864
    Inconclusive to who won the battle.
  • Battle of Cold Harbor

    Confederate Victory.
  • Abraham Lincoln Re-Election

    On this day in 1864, Northern voters overwhelmingly endorse the leadership and policies of President Abraham Lincoln when they elect him to a second term. With his re-election, any hope for a negotiated settlement with the Confederacy vanished
  • Battle of Sailor's Creek

    Union Victory
  • Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse

    Robert E. Lee surrenders at the court practically ending the war.
  • Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

    On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth, a famous actor and Confederate sympathizer, fatally shot President Abraham Lincoln at a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. The attack came only five days after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his massive army at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, effectively ending the American Civil War.