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Civil War Timeline

  • January 1861 -- The South Secedes

    January 1861 -- The South Secedes
    When Abrahm Lincoln became president eleven southern states called a state convention to secede from the Union, and when they did they formed the Confederate States of America.
  • Lincolns Inaugural speech

    Lincolns Inaugural speech
    In Lincoln's speech he said he wasn't going to end slavery here it already existed but he also said he wasn't going to accept seccesion either
  • Attack on Fort Sumter

    Attack on Fort Sumter
    on April 12, the Civil War began with shots fired on the fort. Fort Sumter eventually was surrendered to South Carolina
  • First Battle of Bull Run

    First Battle of Bull Run
    the Battle of Bull Runwas fought on July 21, 1861, in Prince William County, Virginia, near the city of Manassas, not far from Washington, D.C. It was the first major battle of the American Civil War.
  • The Battle of Antietam

    The Battle of  Antietam
    This was the most bloodiest day of the Civil War; 2,108 Union soldiers were killed and 9,549 wounded -- 2,700 Confederates were killed and 9,029 wounded.
  • The Battle of Fredericksburg

    The Battle of Fredericksburg
    Lincoln replaced McClellan with Major-General Ambrose E. Burnside but Burnside's forces were defeated in a series of attacks against entrenched Confederate forces at Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Burnside was replaced with General Joseph Hooker.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, declaring that all slaves in areas still in rebellion were, in the eyes of the federal government, free.
  • The Battle of Gettysburg

    The Battle of Gettysburg was win for the Union and ended the hopes of getting any foreign help for the Confederates, and this is also where Abraham Lincoln gave his Gettysburg Address.
  • The Gettysburg Address

    The Gettysburg Address
    Here Abrham Lincoln gave his speech to honor the fallen soldiers at the Battle of Gettysburg and redefine the purpose of the War.
  • The Fall of the Confederacy

    Transportation problems and successful blockades caused shortages of food and supplies in the South, and starving soldiers began to desert Lee's already shrinking army. Then on February 1865 Sherman Marches through North and South Carolina destroing everything in his path.