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Civil War Timeline

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  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    The Missouri Compromise was an effort by Congress to avoid political rivalries triggered by the request of Missouri to become a state
  • Santa Fe Trail

    Santa Fe Trail
    The Santa Fe Trail was a transportation route through central-north america that conected Missouri to New Mexico
  • Stephen F. Austin goes to jail

    Stephen F. Austin goes to jail
    Stephen Fuller Austin was a reluctant revolutionary. Who went to jail in Mexico for his role in trying to start a revolution in Mexico.
  • San Felipe de Austin

    San Felipe de Austin
    San Felipe de Austin, also know as, San Felipe. Is a town in Austin County, Texas. The town was the social, economic, and political center of the early Stephen F. Austin colony.
  • Mexico abolished slavery

    Mexico abolished slavery
    In 1829 the Guerrero decree conditionally abolished slavery throughout Mexican territories. It was a decision that increased tensions with slaveholders among the Anglo-Americans. After the Texas Revolution ended in 1836.
  • The Liberator

    The Liberator
    The Liberator was an abolitionist newspaper founded by William Lloyd Garrison and Isaac Knapp in 1831
  • Nat Turner's Rebellion

    Nat Turner's Rebellion
    Nat Turner's Rebellion was a slave rebellion that took place in Southampton County, Virginia, during August 1831
  • Abolition

    Abolition
    After the American Revolution established the United States, northern states, beginning with Pennsylvania in 1780, passed legislation during the next two decades abolishing slavery
  • Texas Revolution

    Texas Revolution
    The Texas Revolution began when colonists in the Mexican province of Texas rebelled against the increasingly centralist Mexican government.
  • Manifest Destiny

    Manifest Destiny
    Manifest Destiny was a term used for the attitude prebalent durring the 18th century period of America expantion.
  • Texas enters the United States

    Texas enters the United States
    After declaring their independence from the Republic of Mexico in 1836, the vast majority of Texas citizens favored the annexation of the Lone Star Republic by the United States
  • Mexican and American war

    Mexican and American war
    Mexico after its 1821 independence was beset by fractious politics between liberals and conservatives, and those favoring a central government and those favoring a more decentralized federalist system. The U.S. initiated the conflict.
  • The North Star

    The North Star
    North Star was a nineteenth-century anti-slavery newspaper published in the United States by Frederick Douglass. The paper commenced publication on December 3, 1847
  • Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

    Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
    The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, officially entitled the Treaty of Peace and Friendship, Limits and Settlement between the United States of America and the Mexican Republic
  • Compromise of 1850

    Compromise of 1850
    The Compromise of 1850 was a package of five separate bills passed by the United States Congress in September 1850, which defused a four-year political confrontation between slave and free states regarding the status of territories acquired during the Mexican-American War
  • Fugitive Slave Act

    Fugitive Slave Act
    The Fugitive Slave Law or Fugitive Slave Act was passed by the United States Congress on September 18, 1850, as part of the Compromise of 1850 between Southern slave-holding interests and Northern Free-Soilers.
  • Underground Railroad

    Underground Railroad
    The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by 19th-century enslaved people of African descent in the United States in efforts to escape to free states
  • Harriet Tubman

    Harriet Tubman
    Harriet Tubman was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and, during the American Civil War, a Union spy. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved family and friends
  • Oregon Trail

    Oregon Trail
    This trail conected the western states to what is now Oregon. Thetrailwas 2,200 miles long and was the large weel wagon route.
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Uncle Tom's Cabin was a anti-slavery novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Published in 1852, the novel
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    The Kansas–Nebraska Act of 1854 created the territories of Kansas and Nebraska, opening new lands for settlement
  • Dread Scott V. Standford

    Dread Scott V. Standford
    Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393, was a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in which the Court held that African Americans, whether enslaved or free
  • Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas Debates

    Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas Debates
    Stephen Douglas battled Abraham Lincoln in face to face debates around the state. The prize they sought was a seat in the Senate.
  • John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry

    John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry
    John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry was an attempt by the white abolitionist John Brown to start an armed slave revolt in 1859 by seizing a United States arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia
  • Conscription

    Conscription
    Conscription, or drafting, is the compulsory enlistment of people in a national service, most often a military service. Conscription dates back to antiquity and continues in some countries to the present day under various names.
  • Abe Lincon Becomes Presedent

    Abe Lincon Becomes Presedent
    On November 6, 1860, Lincoln was elected the 16th president of the United States. He was the first president from the Republican Party. His victory was entirely due to the strength of his support in the North and West
  • Formation of the Confederacy

    Formation of the Confederacy
    The Confederate States of America commonly referred to as the Confederacy, was a confederation of secessionist American states existing from 1861 to 1865. It was originally formed by seven slave states in the Lower South region of the United States
  • Attack on Fort Sumter

    Attack on Fort Sumter
    The Battle of Fort Sumter was the bombardment and surrender of Fort Sumter, near Charleston, South Carolina, that started the American Civil War. Following declarations of secession by seven Southern states.
  • Battle of Bull Run

    Battle of Bull Run
    The First Battle of Bull Run, also known as First Manassas, was fought on July 21, 1861, in Prince William County, Virginia, near the city of Manassas, not far from the city of Washington, D.C.
  • Income Tax

    Income Tax
    Lincoln imposes the first federal income tax by signing the Revenue Act. Strapped for cash with which to pursue the Civil War, Lincoln and Congress agreed to impose a 3 percent tax on annual incomes over $800.
  • Battle at Antietam

    Battle at Antietam
    On September 17, 1862, Generals Robert E. Lee and George McClellan faced off near Antietam creek in Sharpsburg, Maryland, in the the first battle of the American Civil War to be fought on northern soil.
  • Emabcipation Proclamation

    Emabcipation Proclamation
    President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free."
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    The Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was the largest battle of the American Civil War as well as the largest battle ever fought in North America, involving around 85,000 men in the Union's Army of the Potomac under Major General George Gordon Meade
  • Gettysburg Address

    Gettysburg Address
    The Gettysburg Address is a speech by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, one of the best-known in American history It was delivered by Lincoln during the American Civil War, on the afternoon of Thursday, November 19, 1863, of Gettysburg
  • Battle at Vicksburg

    The Siege of Vicksburg was the final major military action in the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War. Into the defensive lines surrounding the fortress city of Vicksburg, Mississippi
  • Sherman's March

    Sherman's March
    Sherman's March to the Sea is the name commonly given to the military Savannah Campaign in the American Civil War. The campaign began with Sherman's troops leaving the captured city of Atlanta, Georgia, on November 15 and ended with the capture of the port of Savannah on December 21.
  • Thirteenth Amendment

    Thirteenth Amendment
    The Thirteenth Amendment (Amendment XIII) to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime.
  • Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

    Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War. In doing so, he preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government, and modernized the economy.