civil war timeline

  • Abraham Lincoln elected president

    Abraham Lincoln elected president
    Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th president of the United States over a deeply divided Democratic Party, becoming the first Republican to win the presidency
  • Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter
    The bombardment of Fort Sumter was the opening engagement of the American Civil War.
  • Lincoln orders blockade of the south

    Lincoln orders blockade of the south
    The document was signed and it stated that the other states of slaves have to leave the union.
  • 1st Battle of Bull Run (or you may see if called Manassas)

    1st Battle of Bull Run (or you may see if called Manassas)
    Neither side were ready for this war. Between 1,700 and2,000 people were wounded or died
  • Monitor vs. Virginia naval battle

    Monitor vs. Virginia naval battle
    she had utterly defeated two big Federal warships, Congress and Cumberland, destroying both and killing more than 240 of their crewmen.
  • Battle of Shiloh

    Battle of Shiloh
    The Battle of Shiloh, also known as the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, was a major battle in the Western Theater of the American Civil War, fought April 6–7, 1862, in southwestern Tennessee
  • Battle at Chattanooga

    Battle at Chattanooga
    In late spring 1862, the Confederacy split its forces in Tennessee into several small commands in an attempt to complicate Federal operations
  • 7 Days Campaign

    Seven Days Battles in the summer of 1862 outside of Richmond, Virginia.
  • 2nd Battle of Bull Run (or 2nd battle of Manassas)

    In order to draw Pope's army into battle, Jackson ordered an attack on a Federal column that was passing across his front on the Warrenton Turnpike on August 28. The fighting at Brawner Farm lasted several hours and resulted in a stalemate
  • Antietam

    Antietam
    23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. The Battle of Antietam ended the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia's first invasion into the North and led to Abraham Lincoln's issuance of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
  • Emancipation Proclamation issued

    as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."
  • Emancipation Proclamation takes effect

    Emancipation Proclamation takes effect
    On this day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signs the final Emancipation Proclamation, which ends slavery in the rebelling states
  • Battle at Chancellorsville

    Battle at Chancellorsville
    The Battle of Chancellorsville was a major battle of the American Civil War, and the principal engagement of the Chancellorsville Campaign
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    It was the biggest fight in the civil war. Victory Union.
  • Siege of Vicksburg

    Siege of Vicksburg
    The Confederate surrender following the siege at Vicksburg is sometimes considered, when combined with Gen. Robert E. Lee's defeat at Gettysburg the previous day, the turning point of the war
  • Gettysburg Address

    Gettysburg Address
    is a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln and is one of the most well-known speeches in United States history.
  • Ulysses S. Grant takes over the Union Army

    He wad the 18th president and lead the union to a victory over the confederate military.
  • Sherman captures Atlanta

    Union forces commanded by William T. Sherman overwhelmed and defeated Confederate forces defending the city under John B. Hood. Union Maj. Gen. James B. McPherson was killed during the battle.
  • Lincoln re-elected

    Lincoln re-elected
    In 1864, Lincoln faced many challenges to his presidency. The war was now in its fourth year, and many were questioning if the South could ever be fully conquered militarily.
  • Sherman begins march to the sea

    Sherman begins march to the sea
    Sherman's March to the Sea is the name commonly given to the Savannah Campaign conducted around Georgia from November 15, 1864 to December 21,
  • Savannah, GA falls to the Union

    Savannah, GA falls to the Union
    This gracious city’s antebellum prosperity suffered during much of the Civil War as exports of rice and cotton were curtailed by a Union blockade.
  • 13th Amendment passed

     13th Amendment passed
    On this day in 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, officially ending the institution of slavery, is ratified
  • Union Army moves in and occupies Richmond, VA.

    Union Army moves in and occupies Richmond, VA.
    it also served as the capital of Virginia, although when the city was about to fall to Union armies in April 1865, the governor and General Assembly moved their offices to Lynchburg for five days.
  • Robert E. Lee surrenders

    Robert E. Lee surrenders
    At Appomattox, Virginia, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the American Civil War.
  • Abraham Lincoln shot and killed

    took place on Good Friday,[1] April 14, 1865, as the American Civil War was drawing to a close. Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated, though an unsuccessful attempt had been made on Andrew Jackson thirty years before in 1835. The assassination was planned and carried out by the well-known stage actor John Wilkes Booth.
  • Abraham Lincoln shot and killed

    Abraham Lincoln shot and killed
    took place on Good Friday,[1] April 14, 1865, as the American Civil War was drawing to a close. He was the first president to get killed.