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Civil War timeline

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    Civil War

  • President Lincoln Elected

    President Lincoln Elected
    He was the first Republican to hold a term. The south did not want Lincoln to become President because they thought he was going to take away the slaves.
  • Battle of Fort Sumter

    Battle of Fort Sumter
    The Battle of Fort Sumter was the bombardment and surrender of Fort Sumter, near Charleston, South Carolina, that started the American Civil War.
  • Unioin Blockade

    Unioin Blockade
    The union blocked of the atlantic and gulf coast to prevent the passage of trade goods, supplies, and arms to and from the Confederacy. It ruined the confederacy's economy and shorted there supplies from other countries.
  • First Battle of Bull Run

    First Battle of Bull Run
    It was the first major battle of the Civil War.
  • Monitor vs. Virginia naval battle

    It was the most noted and arguably most important naval battle of the American Civil War from the standpoint of the development of navies. It was fought over two days, March 8–9, 1862, in Hampton Roads
  • Battle of Shiloh

     Battle of Shiloh
    It was a major battle fought in Tennessee. The first day the Confederacy was pulling ahead, but in the second day they fell apart. It was a major confidence boost for the union. It also brought the union closer to there goal of taking over the mississippi river.
  • Seven Day Campaign

    Seven Day Campaign
    The Seven Days Battles was a series of six major battles over the seven days from June 25 to July 1, 1862, near Richmond, Virginia during the American Civil War.
  • 2nd Battle of Bull Run

    2nd Battle of Bull Run
    It was a much larger battle then the 1st battle of Bull Run on the same ground. It was one of the major Confederate Army wins.
  • Battle of Antietam

    Battle of Antietam
    It was the first major battle of the civil war on union soil. Neither side really won because so many were wounded but strategicly the Union won.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    It proclaimed all those enslaved in Confederate territory to be forever free, and ordered the Army to treat as free all those enslaved in ten states that were still in rebellion, thus applying to 3.1 million of the 4 million slaves in the U.S. It could not be enforced in places that were still in rebelion.
  • The Emancipation Proclamation

    The Emancipation Proclamation essentially had no importance at the time it was written. The only purpose it served was for Abraham Lincoln to prove he is still in power and will not recognize the confederate states of America as its own country.
  • Battle at Chancellorsville

    Battle at Chancellorsville
    This battle was considered by many historians to be Lee’s greatest victory. At the same time, the South lost one of its greatest strategic minds with the death of Stonewall Jackson.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    It was the battle with the largest number of casualties in the American Civil War and is often described as the war's turning point. The union won.
  • Siege of Vicksburg

    Siege of Vicksburg
    With the loss of Pemberton’s army and this vital stronghold on the Mississippi, the Confederacy was effectively split in half. Grant's successes in the West boosted his reputation, leading ultimately to his appointment as General-in-Chief of the Union armies.
  • Gettysburg Address

    Gettysburg Address
    One of the most famous speeches in American history spoke by Amraham Lincoln. In just over two minutes he talked about human equality and how the slaves should be free. This was four and a half months after the Union beat the Confederacy in the Battle of Gettysburg.
  • Battle at Chattanooga

    Battle at Chattanooga
    Chattanooga had strategic importance as a vital railroad junction for the Confederacy. After a month, the confederacy retreated to georgia.
  • Sherman captures Atlanta

    The union went into Atlanta forcing the confederates out. They had control over a really big city.
  • Re-election of President Lincoln

    Re-election of President Lincoln
    The 1864 was the election between Abraham Lincoln and George B. McClellan. It was important because if President Lincoln wouldn't have gotten re-elected then the slaves might not have been freed.
  • Sherman's march to the sea

    Sherman's march to the sea
    More commonly know as Savannah Compaign. The campaign began with Sherman's troops leaving the captured city of Atlanta, Georgia, on November 16 and ended with the capture of the port of Savannah on December 21.
  • Union Captures Savannah GA

    Union Captures Savannah GA
    They now had control over Savannah, creating a millitary base that spread east and west across the south.
  • Union Army moves in and occupies Richmond, VA.

    Union Army moves in and occupies Richmond, VA.
    Richmond, Virginia, was the capital of the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. It was a major accompilishment for the Union to capture it.
  • Robert E. Lee surrenders

    Robert E. Lee surrenders
    With his army surrounded, his men weak and exhausted, Robert E. Lee realized there was little choice but to consider the surrender of his Army to General Grant. After a series of notes between the two leaders, they agreed to meet on April 9, 1865, at the house of Wilmer McLean in the village of Appomattox Courthouse. The meeting lasted approximately two and one-half hours and at its conclusion the civil war neared its end.
  • Assassination of Aberaham Lincoln

    Assassination of Aberaham Lincoln
    It was torwards the end of the war. John Wilkes Booth killed Lincon with a shot to the head.
  • The 13th amendment

    The 13th amendment
    It was the first amendment to the constitution. It baned all slavery in the southern and northern states.
  • Ulysses S. Grant

    Ulysses S. Grant
    He was in control of the union army for the 2nd half of the civil war. Under Grant, the Union Army defeated the Confederate military; the war, and secession, ended with the surrender of Robert E. Lee's army at Appomattox.