Civil War Timeline

By Ace111
  • South Carolina Secedes

    South Carolina Secedes
    South Carolina decides to secede from the Union, also Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Texas soon follow suit.
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  • First Shot

    First Shot
    Confederates open fire on Fort Sumter in South Carolina. Beginning the Civil War!!
  • Virginia Secedes

    Virginia Secedes
    Virginia secedes from the Union
  • The Battle of Bull Run

    The Battle of Bull Run
    The Battle of Bull Run is fought leading to a Union loss, he South gains recognition as being strong
  • McClennan as Commander

    McClennan as Commander
    Lincoln appoints George McClennan as Commander of the Department of the Potomac
  • McClennan's Relief

    McClennan's Relief
    McClellan's Armyadvances from Washington down to south of the Confederate Richmond, Virginia
    Also Lincoln relieves McClennan as G.i.C and directs the Union Armies himself
  • The Battle of Shiloh

    The Battle of Shiloh
    April 6-7 Confederate surprise attack on General Grant's Union troops at Shiloh, more men than in all previous American wars combined were killed
  • The Battle of Seven Pines

    The Battle of Seven Pines
    Confederate General Johnston's army attacks Union troops near Richmond does well but does no gain a victory
  • The Seven Days Battles

    The Seven Days Battles
    Lasting until July 1st , Lee attacks McClellan near Richmond, McClellan begins to retreat
  • The Second Battle of Bull Run

    The Second Battle of Bull Run
    This battle lasted until August 30th, Union troop holding more in numbers are defeated by Confederate soldiers in northern Virginia. The Union Army retreats to Washington... again
  • The Battle of Antietam

    The Battle of Antietam
    The bloodiest day in U.S. military history, Confederate Armies are stopped at Antietam, by Union forces. Confederate army retreats to Virginia.
  • McClellans Out... Again

    The Lincoln replaces McClellan with Ambrose E. Burnside as the new Commander of the army
  • Battle of Fredericksburg

    Battle of Fredericksburg
    Union suffers devastating defeat
  • The Emancipation Proclamation

    The Emancipation Proclamation
    President Lincoln issues the final Emancipation Proclamation turning the into a revolutionary struggle for the abolition of slavery.
  • The Battle of Gettysburg

    The Battle of Gettysburg
    3 day battle until July 3rd, Union victory on Northern soil, turns tide of the war
  • Gettysburg Address

    Gettysburg Address
    Lincoln delivers a two minute Gettysburg Address dedicating the Gettysburg Battlefield as a National Cemetery.
  • Atlanta Captured

    General Sherman captures Atlanta
  • March to the Sea

    March to the Sea
    Lasting until December 21st, General Sherman leads his March to the sea destroying all in his way
  • The 13th Amendment

    The 13th Amendment
    The U.S. Congress approves the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, to abolish slavery. The amendment still has to be submitted to the states for ratification.
  • Surrender!!!!

    Gen. Robert E. Lee surrenders to General Grant at the Appomattox Court House
  • New Command

    Lincoln appoints Grant to command all the armies of the United States. General Sherman is now commander in the west.
  • Battle of Chancellorsville

    Battle of Chancellorsville
    Lasting until May 4th the Battle of Chancellorsville resulted in a Union loss. Although Confederate General Stonewall Jacksonwas shot by his own soldiers, leading to his death.