Civil War Timeline

  • Nat Turner Rebellion

    African American, Nat Turner, leads a slave revoult in Southampton County, Virginia. Fifty-eight whites killed and about one hundred blacks. Turner and twelve followers are executed
  • Underground Railroad

    The underground railroad was a thought in 1834 but wasn't formally organized until 1838
  • Harriet Tubman Escapes

    Leader of the Underground Railroad, escapes from slavery in Maryland.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Also known as the Fugitive Slave Act states, that if any slaves escape to free territory they must be sent back to rightful owner.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Harriet Beecher Stowe releases an anti-slavery novel.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Repealled the Missouri Compromise and allowed territories to determine if slavery was allowed
  • Bleeding Kansas

    A series of violent events, involving anti-slavery Free-Staters and pro-slavery "Border Ruffian" elements, that took place in the Kansas Territory and the western frontier towns of the U.S. state of Missouri roughly between 1854 and 1858
  • Dred Scott Decision

    6 to 3 ruling that slaves have no rights and are not made free by residing in free territory.
  • Lecompton Constitution Rejected

    Gave voters the choice of limited or unlimited slavery
  • Abraham Lincoln Elected

    People vote to choose Lincoln as president. March 4,1861 Lincoln is inagurated into presidency.