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Civil War Timeline

  • Election of 1860

    Election of 1860
    Tulane.eduRepublican abolistionist Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States. Due to the delicate politcial and social atmostphere between the North and the South, the South seceded so that they could keep their slave-run economy.
  • South Carolina Secedes

    South Carolina Secedes
    CivilWar.Bluegrass.netSouth Carolina was the first to secede after Abraham Lincoln became president. They seceded because they knew that he would abolish slavery and they needed slaves to keep their economy up and running.
  • The South Secedes

    The South Secedes
    USHistory.orgAlabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas followed South Carolina's footsteps by seceding also. Three days later, delegates from these states met and formed the Confederate States of America/ the Confederacy. The delegates elected Jefferson Davis as thier president.
  • Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter
    The Confederates attacked Fort Sumter, which was a federal fort at the entrance to Charleston Harbor in South Carolina. It was the first rebellion of the Civil War.
  • The First Battle of Bull Run

    The First Battle of Bull Run
    The First Battle of Bull Run, also known as Manassas, was the first major clash between the North and the South. It took place along a stream called Bull Run. The Confederate's general was General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. The Confederates won and got a sense of hope of winning the war.
  • Battle of Shiloh

    Battle of Shiloh
    CivilWar.orgGeneral Albert Sidney Johnston led the Confederate troops and caught the Union off guard. The Union was led by General Ulysses S. Grant.
  • Seven Days' Battle

    Seven Days' Battle
    CivilWar.orgThe Union went to Virginia under General George B. McClellan's command. The Confederates were led by Robert E. Lee. There were many casualties, and Lee's troops won at the end of the battle.
  • The Second Battle of Bull Run

    The Second Battle of Bull Run
    SonOfTheSouth.netThe Union was led by General John Pope. Lee caught the Union Army off guard, leading the Confederates to another victory.
  • Battle of Antietam

    Battle of Antietam
    Lee's forces made thier way to Maryland in hopes of winning a battle on Union land. The two armies met yet again at Antietam Creek. This battle was the bloodiest day of the entire war and in U.S. History. The Union troops wiped out almost 1/3 of the Confederate soldiers, causing the Union the have an improtant victory. Lee lost so many soldiers that he could not lead the army any further.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    pbs.orgThe Emancipation Proclamation was inpired by the Union's big win at the Battle of Antietam. It called for all of the slaves in nonoccupied areas in rebellion to finally be free at the beginning of the following year (January 1, 1863). Almost 180,000 African Americans faught with the Union in the war.
  • Battle of Vicksburg

    Battle of Vicksburg
    CWSAC Battle Summaries
    In May and June of 1963, General Grant's troops began their attempt to capture Vicksburg. The Confederate leader was General John C. Pemberton. On July 4, Vicksburg finally surrendered. The Union had won yet another battle.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    CivilWar.orgGeneral Robert E. Lee planned to capture Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Confederates took over a lot of Union land. The Union came and won back their land. Lee made General George Pickett attack on July 3rd, which was known as Pickett's Charge. About 15,000 men were killed or injured in the Charge. This battle resulted in a Union win of now only the battle, but the entire war.
  • Gettysburg Address

    Gettysburg Address
    The Gettysburg Address was an address that declared the Union to winning the American Civil War. It was written by Abraham Lincoln after the Battle of Gettysburg. It honored all of the people who died during the war.
  • Lee finally surrenders to Grant

    Lee finally surrenders to Grant
    Great broke through Lee's defenses at Petersburg. Lee finally surrendered in the town of Appomattox Couthouse. It concluded the Civil War.