Civil War

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In History
  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    The balance of power was separated between slave and free states. This led to conflict between the states.
  • Nat Turner Slave Rebellion

    Nat Turner Slave Rebellion
    Slave rebellion led by Nat Turner involving slaves who killed whites. Inspired the Virginia Slavery debate.
  • War With Mexico

    War With Mexico
    War fought over Texas land between Mexico and America. This doubled the size of the U.S.
  • Wilmot Proviso

    Wilmot Proviso
    A proposal in the U.S congress to ban slavery in the territory acquired from Mexico. This proposal was unsuccessful.
  • Compromise Of 1850

    Compromise Of 1850
    Five laws passed creating California as a free state. Utah and New Mexico were left to decide whether to be a slave or free state. Texas and New Mexico established a border.
  • Fugitive Slave Act

    Fugitive Slave Act
    Act that required slaves to be returned to their owners even if they were in a free state. The Federal Government was responsible for finding and returning, escaped slaves.
  • Publication of Uncles Tom's Cabin

    Publication of Uncles Tom's Cabin
    Anti-Slave novel published by Harriet Beecher Stowe. This book widened the arguments between the North and South. This weakened British sympathy the South. The North grew stronger in abolitionism.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    The Missouri Compromise was reversed. This allowed Slavery to be legal in the original areas of the Louisiana Purchase.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas
    Pro and anti-slavery mini war. Led to Republican Party.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    The U.S Supreme Court exceeded in Missouri Compromise because it had no power to forbid or abolish slavery in the west and north.
  • John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry

    John Brown's Raid on Harper's Ferry
    Raid with a small group of people led by John Brown. Attempt to start an armed revolt of enslaved people and destroy the institution of slavery.
  • Abraham Lincoln elected president

    Abraham Lincoln elected president
    Lincoln did not want slavery to expand anymore. He refused to accept any resolution that would result in Southern succession from the union.
  • South Carolina secedes

    South Carolina secedes
    The first state to secede from the Union. South Carolina was one of the founding member sates of the Confederacy.
  • Formation of the Confederate State of America

    Formation of the Confederate State of America
    7 southern states left the Union to make up the Confederate states. These states including, South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, and with representatives from Texas.
  • Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter
    Battle between Union and Confederate. The Union were forced to surrender the fort.
  • Antietam

    Antietam
    Enabled the Union to repel the first Confederate invasion of the North. A tide of momentum swept Robert E. Lee's army of Northern Virginia. This halted his invasion of Maryland. This allowed Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.
  • Vicksburg

    Vicksburg
    Victory for the Union that gave them control over the Mississippi river. The Union shut down confederate trade, transportation, and military.
  • Gettysburg

    Gettysburg
    The Confederates were winning the war, but the Union won this battle. The Union forces halted Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army.
  • Appomattox Courthouse

    Appomattox Courthouse
    The surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia under Robert E. Lee to the Union commander Ulysses S. Grant.