Civil war

Civil War Timeline

  • The Attack on Fort Sumter

    The Attack on Fort Sumter
    The bombardment of Fort Sumter was the main starting point of the Civil War. The south wanted command of the Charleston Harbour. There were no casualties in the bombardment, but one Union Artillerist was killed when a cannon exploded prematurely. This attack came shortly after some states succeeded from the Union. It outraged the Union and it provoked the United States' first Civil War.
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  • Battle of Bull Run

    Battle of Bull Run
    This battle only lasted 1 day and it resulted in a confederate victory. This was one of the only battles in which the confederates outnumbered the Union. This almost guaranteed a victory for the confederates.
  • Battle of Hapton Roads

    Battle of Hapton Roads
    This was often reffered to as the Monitor vs. Merrimack. The battle was a part of the effort of the Confederacy to break the Union blockade, which had cut off Virginia's largest cities, Norfolk and Richmond, from international trade. This battle took place over a period of two days, March 8th and 9th. This duel ended with no victor, with the Merrimack heading to the Navy yard for repairs and the Monitor heading back to its station.The two did not meet again and the blockade stayed in place.
  • Battle of Shiloh

    Battle of Shiloh
    The battle of Shiloh started on April 6, 1862 and carried into the next day. The Battle of Shiloh was the first major battle in the Western Campaign during the American Civil War. It was fought around a small log cabin church in Tenessee. The result of this battle was a Union victory.
  • Battle of Antietam

    Battle of Antietam
    The battle of Antetam was one of the most well known battles of the American Civil War. The Union mounted a powerful assault on Lee’s left flank that began the Battle of Antietam and the single bloodiest days in American Military History. Even though the amount of bloodshed was great, there still was not a conclusive victor. The hard fought battle which drove Lee out of Maryland gave Lincoln the "victory" to deliver his Emancipation Proclomation speech.
  • The Battle of Fredericksburg

    The Battle of Fredericksburg
    The battle of Fredericksburg took a total of 4 days, lasting until the 15th of December. It was one of the largest and deadliest of the Civil War. It featured the first major opposed river crossing in American military history. They also fought in the streets of Fredericksburg which marked one of the first battles partially fought in urban areas. Even though the Union had strength in numbers, the confederates still managed to prevail . This battle did not have a large political effect.
  • Battle of Chancellorsville

    Battle of Chancellorsville
    This was known as one of General Robert E. Lee's best battle's of his military career. There were 2 other related battles going on in the vicinity of the main battle. Even though the confederates were greatly outnumbered, they still prevailed. In the end they did lose a considerable amount of soldiers. This boosted the confederates morale greatly.
  • Siege of Vicksburg

    Siege of Vicksburg
    The siege of Vicksburg lasted a little bit less than half a month. It started on May 18, 1863. This was a great victory for the Union. By winning this battle, it effectively split the confederacy in half. This battle also boosted General Grants reputation. It also boosted the morale for the President and the entire Union.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    The Battle of Gettysburg commenced on July 1st, 1863 and ended 2 days later. On July 4,General Robert E. Lee began withdrawing his army toward Williamsport on the Potomac River concluding the Battle of Gettysburg. His train of wounded soldiers stretched more than fourteen miles. It was one of the most famous battles of the Civil War. It resulted in one of the biggest Union Victories although the Union lost 23,000 soldiers.
  • Battle of Chickamauga

    Battle of Chickamauga
    The Battle of Chickamauga took place from the 18th of September to the 20th. The confederates outnumbered the union yet they still had more casualties. This battle's outcome was a confederate victory. The battle was fought on the rebel's home turf which may have determined the outcome of this battle before it even started. It did not have a large political effect.
  • Battle of the Wilderness

    Battle of the Wilderness
    This battle took a total of 3 days and ended on May 7th. This battle was led by three famous Generals from both sides. The Union was led by General Ulyssess S. Grant and General George Meade. The Confederates were led by the famous Robert E. Lee. The battle ended once it was pushed the whole way to the Spotsylvania courthouse were it continued for 13 more days.
  • Battle of Spotsylvania

    Battle of Spotsylvania
    The battle of spotsylvania courthouse started on May 8th, 1864 and ended on May 21, 1864 with the outcome being inconclusive. There were many key casualties for the Union and Confederacy. 2 generals were killed from both sides but the Union captured 2 more key confederate generals. The union engaged almost twice as many soldiers as the confederates yet both sides seemed to have the same ratio of deaths to the amount of troops deployed. This battle did really not have a large political effect
  • Siege of Petersburg

    Siege of Petersburg
    The Petersburg Campaign was a series of battles around Petersburg, Virginia, fought from June 9, 1864, to March 25, 1865. It was often referred to as the Siege of Petersburg. The Union did not win every single battle, but in the end they did "win" the war of the Siege of Petersburg and they came out with the victory. This was a critical victory for the Union.
  • Sherman's March to the Sea

    Sherman's March to the Sea
    Sherman's March to the Sea is the name commonly used when reffering to the Savannah Campaign during November and December of 1864. It was lead by Major General William Tecumseh Sherman. His march to the sea began with the leaving of the captured city of Atlanta, Georgia and ended with the capture of the port of Savannah on December 21,1864. The estimated damage was $100 million. The Army wrecked 300 miles of railroad and destroyed many bridges. Lincoln was very pleased with his men.
  • End of Civil War

    End of Civil War
    The end of the American Civil War was when General Robert E. Lee surrendered for the confederacy. The Union Prevailed.
  • Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

    Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
    The assassination of United States President Abraham Lincoln took place on Good Friday, April 14, 1865. It was carried out by John Wilkes Booth. Many people mourned the death of Abe and there were many attacks in cities where there were people that expressed support for John Wilkes Booth. This also affected in a political standpoint because after Lincoln's death, Andrew Johnson was sworn into president. He is known today as one of the least favorite presidents in history. He was impeached.