Civil War Events

  • Abraham Lincoln Inauguration

    Abraham Lincoln Inauguration
    Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated in 1860 by winning the popular vote. He became the 16th President of the United States.
  • Forming of the Confederacy

    Forming of the Confederacy
    The Confederate States were formed through the seceding of the states from the Union. This contained South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
  • Attack on Fort Sumter

    Attack on Fort Sumter
    The Civil War started when confederate troops fired upon Fort Sumter, SC. Less than 34 hours after the initial firing, Union troops on the island surrendered.
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  • 1st Battle of Bull Run

    1st Battle of Bull Run
    The first full-scale battle in the Civil War, it largely boosted Confederate moral with the victory. Happened in Prince William County, Virginia.
  • Battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack

    Battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack
    The first battle of ironclad warships. The Confederate Merrimack fought the Union Monitor.
  • 2nd Battle of Bull Run

    2nd Battle of Bull Run
    General Stonewall Jackson took Union supply depot in Manassas. This threatened lines of communication for the Union army.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    Issue by Abraham Lincoln, it declared that all people held as slaves were to be set free.Some slaves fled right away while some worked for wages.
  • Chancellorsville

    Robert E. Lee (Confederate General) had the audacious decision to take on Joseph Hookers army which was more than double his own. Resulted in Confederate victory but Stonewall Jackson's last battle due to friendly fire injuries.
  • Siege of Vicksburg

    Siege of Vicksburg
    General Ulysses S. Grant lays siege to the confederate stronghold of Vicksburg. Victory brought the Union complete control of the Mississippi river.
  • Gettysburg

    The South tried invading the North but failed. This battle held the most amount of casualties and was a turning point of the war.
  • Lincolns Reconstruction Plan

    Lincolns Reconstruction Plan
    Goal was to reestablish control of seceded states by making pro-Union governments. 10% of Union state citizens had to swear an oath to the Union.
  • Burning of Atlanta

    Burning of Atlanta
    General William T. Sherman overtook the Confederate defenses in Atlanta, which was the biggest producer of supplies and armaments to the South. City was ordered to be destroyed.
  • Confederate Army Surrenders

    Confederate Army Surrenders
    The Confederate Army (the South) surrendered on April 9th, 1865. This was largely due to Union victories and heavy Confederate Defeats
  • Lincolns Assassination

    Lincolns Assassination
    Lincoln was assassinated in a theater by John Wilkes Booth. This was very short after the war ended and didn't give Lincoln time to try out his reconstruction plan.
  • Freedom of Slaves

    Freedom of Slaves
    2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. These soldiers announced that the more than 250,000 slaves of the state were free.