Civil War Events

  • The Missouri Compromise

    It established a line between free and slave states in the Louisianna territory. It also made Main a free state.
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    The Mexican War

    It was a war fought against Mexico to gain more land for the United States. Afterward Mexico had lost about one third of their land to the U.S. The land included nearly all of present day California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.
  • Compromise of 1850

    It had laws that admitting California as a free state and created two territories with the question of slavery. It also ended the slave trade in Washington D.C.
  • Fugitive Slave Act of 1850

    It provided more laws regarding runaway slaves and made harsher punishments for people who interfered in their cature.
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    Bleeding Kansas

    It was the violence that broke out in Kansas between proslavery and free-state settlers.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    It allowed people in the Kansas and Nabraska territories to decide for themselves if they want slavery or not within their borders.
  • ‘Bleeding Sumner’ Brooks-Sumner fight

    Southern Congressman Preston Brooks beats Northern Senator Charles Sumner in the halls of Congress as tensions build over the expansion of slavery.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    The U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in the Dred Scott case affirming the right of slave owners to take their slaves into the Western territories.
  • John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia

    John Brown lead a small group on a raid against a federal armory in Harpers Ferry, Virginia in an attempt to start an armed slave revolt and destroy the institution of slavery.
  • South Carolina secedes from Union

    South Carolina left the Union after Abraham Lincoln won the election.
  • Election of 1860

    Abraham Lincoln won the election.
  • Battle of Fort Sumter, 1861

    Confederates fire on Fort Sumter. The Civil War begins.
  • The Union’s ‘Anaconda Plan’

    It was a strategy that the Union used in the Civil War against the Confederates.
  • Battle of Antietam

    It was the first battle in the Civil War that took place on Union soil.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    It was the thing that president Abraham Lincoln did to free the slaves.
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    Battle of Gettysburg

    It was the most important battle of the Civil War. The Confederates won the battle.
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    Sherman’s March to the Sea

    Union General William T. Sherman led soldiers on a march from Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia.
  • Confederate Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse

    Confederat General Robert E. Lee surrendered to the Union.