Civil War Timeline

Timeline created by emillyholbrook
In History
  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    The Missouri Compromise divided the country into free and slave states. This was the main cause of the Civil War
  • Nat Turner Slave Rebellion

    Nat Turner Slave Rebellion
    Nat Turner's slave rebellion started the Virginia Slavery Debate which was a leading factor to the Civil War.
  • Wilmot Proviso

    Wilmot Proviso
    The purpose of the Wilmot Proviso was to make the states acquired in the Mexican War free states. This created conflict because it further divided the North and the South.
  • War With Mexico

    War With Mexico
    The War with Mexico completed the expansion of Manifest Destiny. However, it continued to separate states based on slavery.
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    These were a series of laws passed to deal with slavery. People resented the fact that slavery was still allowed thus causing the Civil War.
  • Fugitive Slave Act

    Fugitive Slave Act
    This act required runaway slaves in free states to be returned to their owners.
  • Publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin
    This was an influential novel expressing the life of a slave. It started the spread of abolitionism.
  • Kansas- Nebraska Act

    Kansas- Nebraska Act
    A law passed that allowed Kansas and Nebraska to decide for themselves whether they allow slavery or not.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas
    A series of battles between pro and anti-slavery forces in Kansas.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    A court case ending with the decision that no slave was a citizen. It also ruled that just because one is in a free state doesn't mean they have any rights
  • John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry

    John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry
    John Brown leads a raid in hopes to begin a revolt against slavery.
  • Abraham Lincoln Elected President

    Abraham Lincoln Elected President
    President Lincoln was opposed to letting slavery spread, but allowed it to stay in the states where it was already active.
  • South Carolina Secedes

    South Carolina Secedes
    South Carolina was the first slave state to secede from the United States. They seceded because their new president was a Republican.
  • Formation of the Confederate State of America

    Formation of the Confederate State of America
    Seven Southern states seceded and formed the Confederate States of America. This consists of South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisana, and Texas.
  • Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter
    Attacks on the Confederacy's capital, Fort Sumter, led to war. Once it fell, the South was separated as its own nation.
  • Antietam

    Antietam
    This battle resulted in a win for the Union and ended the Confederate invasion of Maryland.
  • Vicksburg

    Vicksburg
    This battle gave the Union a victory. It also gave the Union control of the Mississippi River. This was a major turning point in the Civil War.
  • Gettysburg

    Gettysburg
    This battle is considered the most important of the Civil War. This gave the north a boost of confidence and put an end to General Robert E Lee's plan.
  • Appomattox Courthouse

    Appomattox Courthouse
    This battle led General Robert E. Lee to surrender North Virginia to the Union.