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Civil War Timeline (1850-1875)

  • The Compromise of 1850

    The Compromise of 1850
    Henry Clay shaped a compromise to accept California as a free state to the Union and to create a more effective fugitive slave law.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854

    Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854
    Douglas introduced a bill that would repeal the Missouri Compromise and establish popular sovereignty for the territories.
  • Dred Scott Court Case

    Dred Scott Court Case
    In this Supreme Court case, being in a free territory did not make slaves free and slaves are considered property.
  • Election of 1860

    Election of 1860
    Abraham Lincoln wins the presidential election without getting any electoral votes from the south so South Carolina decides to leave the Union.
  • War Erupts

    War Erupts
    Beauregard makes the first attack on Fort Sumter to take it from the Union.
  • Battle at Antietam

    Battle at Antietam
    McClellan and Lee met and had the bloodiest single day battle in American history with the Confederacy taking the victory.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    President Lincoln issued a new law to free all enslaved people in the rebellious states.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    This battle was a major turning point in the war for the Union because they finally defeated the Confederacy and made it harder for them to get more men.
  • Sherman's March

    Sherman's March
    William Sherman, commander in the Union army, targets civilians in the South and burns down every house in his path and destroys railroads.
  • War Ends

    War Ends
    At the Appomattox Court House, Lee surrenders to Grant. Union wins!!
  • Fourteenth Amendment

    Fourteenth Amendment
    The 14th Amendment is drafted and states all people born in the U.S are citizens.
  • Grant Elected

    Grant Elected
    In the 1868 presidential election, Ulysses S. Grant becomes the new President after Johnson was filed for impeachment
  • 15th Amendment

    15th Amendment
    Radicals introduced this new Amendment so states can't keep people from voting based on "race, color, or previous condition of servitude."
  • KKK

    Congress passed a series of Enforcement Acts to stop the violence from the KKK and to use federal troops in areas where the KKK was present.
  • Panic of 1873 and Reconstruction Fades

    Panic of 1873 and Reconstruction Fades
    The panic of 1873 created a five-year-depression, diverted the North away from the South's problems and the Republicans slowly retreated the policies of Reconstruction.