The first battle of the Civil War took place on April 12, 1861. It happened at a place known as Fort Sumter. The fort was located on an island in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina.
The Union blockade was announced by President Abraham Lincoln on April 19, 1861.
First Battle of Bull Run
The First Battle of Bull Run took place on July 21, 1861.
Battle of the Ironclads - March 8-9, 1862
Dates of Battle: March 8-9, 1862
Battle of Shiloh - April 6-7, 1862
Dates of Battle: April 6-7, 1862
This battle is known as one of the first large battles of the war.
Second Battle of Bull Run - August 29-30, 1862
The Second Battle of Bull Run took place on August 29-30, 1862.
Battle of Antietam
Dates of Battle: September 17, 1862
Battle of Fredericksburg - December 11-16, 1862
Dates of Battle: December 11-16, 1862
The Battle of Fredericksburg involved more troops than any other battle in the Civil War. Almost 200,000 men fought there.
The Emancipation Proclamation
During the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation declared that the enslaved people in the Southern states were free.