Civil War Events

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    Civil War Events

  • Lincoln Voted President

    Lincoln Voted President
    Lincoln is elected president. Receiving 180 of 303 possible electoral votes and 40 percent of the popular vote.
  • Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter
    The beggining of the Civil War.
  • Lincoln orders Blockade

    Lincoln orders Blockade
    President Lincoln issues a Proclamation of Blockade against Southern ports. The blockade limits the ability of the South to stay well supplied in its war against the North
  • Lincoln becomes President

    Lincoln becomes President
  • First Battle of Bull Run

    First Battle of Bull Run
    The Union Army suffers a defeat. This is when Lincoln realizes the war will be very very long.
  • Monitor vs. Virginian

    Monitor vs. Virginian
    The battle of the Union and Confederate Armies at Sea
  • Battle of Shiloh

    Battle of Shiloh
    Confederate surprise attack the Union. Results in 13,000 Union killed and wounded and 10,000 Confederates, more men than in all previous American wars combined.
  • 7 Days Campaign

    7 Days Campaign
    Lee attacks McClellan. Heavy losses for both armies.
  • Antietam

    Confederate Armies are stopped at Antietam in Maryland by Union forces. By nightfall 26,000 men are dead, wounded, or missing.
  • Emancipation issued

    Emancipation issued
    Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation freeing slaves issued by President Lincoln.
  • 2nd Battle at Bull Run

    2nd Battle at Bull Run
    Lee invades the North. The Union Army pursues Lee.
  • Emancipation takes Effect

    Emancipation takes Effect
    President Lincoln issues the last Emancipation Proclamation freeing all slaves in territories held by Confederates. The war to preserve the Union now becomes a struggle for the abolition of slavery.
  • Chancellorsville

    The Union Army under Gen. Hooker is decisively defeated by Lee's smaller forces at the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia as a result of Lee's tactics. Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson is mortally wounded by his own soldiers. Hooker retreats. Union losses are 17,000 killed, wounded and missing out of 130,000. The Confederates, 13, 000 out of 60,000.
  • Gettysburg

    The tide of war turns against the South as the Confederates are defeated at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • Vicksburg

    Vicksburg, the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River. With the Union now in control of the Mississippi, the Confederacy is effectively split in two, cut off from its western allies.
  • Gettysburg Address

    Gettysburg Address
    Lincoln delivers a two minute Gettysburg Address at a ceremony dedicating the Battlefield as a National Cemetery.
  • Chattonooga

    Union forces under Grant defeat the siege army of Gen. Braxton Bragg.
  • Grant takes Over

    Grant takes Over
    President Lincoln appoints Gen. Grant to command all of the armies of the United States.
  • Atlanta

    Atlanta is captured by Sherman's Army. This win helps President Lincoln's bid for re-election.
  • Lincoln re-elected

    Lincoln re-elected
    Abraham Lincoln is re-elected president. Lincoln carries all but three states with 55 percent of the popular vote and 212 of 233 electoral votes.
  • March to the Sea

    March to the Sea
    they begin a March to the Sea. President Lincoln on advice from Grant approved the idea.
  • Savannah falls

    Savannah falls
    Sherman reaches Savannah in Georgia leaving behind a 300 mile long path of destruction 60 miles wide all the way from Atlanta
  • 13th Ammendment Passed

    13th Ammendment Passed
    The U.S. Congress approves the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, to abolish slavery.
  • Occupy Richmond

    Occupy Richmond
    Inauguration ceremonies for President Lincoln in Washington.
  • Lee Surrenders

    Lee Surrenders
    Gen. Robert E. Lee surrenders his Confederate Army to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.
  • Lincoln is Shot

    Lincoln is Shot
    John Wilkes Booth shoots the president in the head.