important dates.

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    McClellan becomes Commander

    George Brinton McClellan (December 3, 1826 – October 29, 1885) was a major general during the American Civil War. He organized the famous Army of the Potomac and served briefly (November 1861 to March 1862) as the general-in-chief of the Union Army. Early in the war, McClellan played an important role in raising a well-trained and organized army for the Union.
  • Robert E. Lee becomes commander

    Robert E. Lee becomes commander
    General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia routed General George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac. Although the Confederates repulsed the powerful offensive of the Yankees, they failed to win a complete and decisive victory. The campaign had far-reaching consequences for both sides
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    secession

    State Date of Secession
    South Carolina December 20, 1860
    Mississippi January 9, 1861
    Florida January 10, 1861
    Alabama January 11, 1861
    Georgia January 19, 1861
    Louisiana January 26, 1861
    Texas February 1, 1861
    Virginia April 17, 1861
    Arkansas May 6, 1861
    North Carolina May 20, 1861
    Tennessee June 8, 1861
  • lincolns election

    lincolns election
    "He was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination. He successfully led the country through a great constitutional,"
  • Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter
  • lincoln calls forfor 75,00 voleenteers

    lincoln calls forfor 75,00 voleenteers
    On April 11, 1861, Beauregard sent three aides, Colonel James Chesnut, Jr.James Chesnut, Jr.
    James Chesnut, Jr. of Camden, South Carolina, was a United States Senator, a signatory of the Constitution of the Confederate States of America, and a Confederate Army general...
    , Captain Stephen D. LeeStephen D. Lee
    Stephen Dill Lee was an American soldier, planter, legislator, and author. He was the youngest Confederate lieutenant general during the American Civil War, and later served as the first pr
  • first mannassas (first bull run)

    first mannassas (first bull run)
    "On the morning of July 21, McDowell sent the divisions of Hunter and Heintzelman (about 12,000 men) from Centreville at 2:30 a.m., marching southwest on the Warrenton Turnpike and then turning northwest toward Sudley Springs. Tyler's division (about 8,000) marched directly toward the Stone Bridge. "
  • Pope Becomes Commander

    Pope Becomes Commander
    The Army of the Potomac was created in 1861, but was then only the size of a corps (relative to the size of Union armies later in the war). Its nucleus was called the Army of Northeastern Virginia, under Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell, and it was the army that fought (and lost) the war's first major battle
  • Merimac v Monitor

    Merimac v Monitor
    On August 3, 1861 the United States Navy’s Ironclad Board placed ads in Northern Newspapers inviting designers to submit their plans for the construction of ironclad warships. In a letter to Abraham Lincoln dated August 29, 1861 John Ericsson offered to build a vessel, “…that within ten weeks after commencing the structure I would engage to be ready to take up position under the Rebel guns at Norfolk…” Ericsson was a Swedish-American inventor that designed the Union Monitor nicknamed “cheese b
  • Fort Henry and Donolson

    Fort Henry and Donolson
    "Fort Henry, along the Tennessee River, and Fort Donelson, on the Cumberland River, were two forts built to protect Tennessee and the Deep South from invasion. Unfortunately the two forts proved to be right in the way of the driving General Grant. On Feb. 6, 1862, Grant and Flag Officer Foote captured Fort Henry. "
  • Shiloh

    Shiloh
    The Battle of Shiloh, also known as the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, was a major battle in the Western Theater of the American Civil War, fought April 6–7, 1862, in southwestern Tennessee. A Union army under Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant had moved via the Tennessee River deep into Tennessee and was encamped principally at Pittsburg Landing on the west bank of the river. Confederate forces under Generals Albert Sidney Johnston and P. G. T. Beauregard launched a surprise attack on Grant there.
  • 2nd Manassas (Bull Run)

    2nd Manassas (Bull Run)
    The Second Battle of Bull Run or Second Manassas, as it was called by the Confederacy, was fought August 28–30, 1862,[1] as part of the American Civil War. It was the culmination of an offensive campaign waged by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia against Union Maj. Gen. John Pope's Army of Virginia, and a battle of much larger scale and numbers than the First Battle of Bull Run (First Manassas) fought in 1861 on the same ground
  • Sharpsburg (Antietam)

    Sharpsburg (Antietam)
    The Battle of Antietam ( /ænˈtiːtəm/; also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg, particularly in the South), fought on September 17, 1862, near Sharpsburg, Maryland, and Antietam Creek, as part of the Maryland Campaign, was the first major battle in the American Civil War to take place on Northern soil. It was the bloodiest single-day battle in American history, with about 23,000 casualties.[4]
  • Burnside Becomes Commander

    Burnside Becomes Commander
    Lincoln personally liked Burnside and thought his success earlier in the year along the North Carolina coast qualified him for command. Gen. Robert Edward Lee a few days earlier had divided his 80,000-man army. Lee sent Gen. James Longstreet's half of the army to Culpeper to block Burnside's route south along the Orange and Alexandria Railroad. The other half under Gen. Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson remained in the camp near Winchester that they had held since the Battle of Antietam.
  • battle of nashville

    battle of nashville
    In a last desperate attempt to force Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's army out of Georgia, Gen. John Bell Hood led the Army of Tennessee north toward Nashville in November 1864. Although he suffered terrible losses at Franklin on November 30, he continued toward Nashville. By the next day, the various elements of Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas's army had reached Nashville. Hood reached the outskirts of Nashville on December 2, occupied positions on a line of hills parallel to those of the Union and be
  • Battle of Chancellorsville

    Battle of Chancellorsville
    The Battle of Chancellorsville was a major battle of the American Civil War, and the principal engagement of the Chancellorsville Campaign.[4] It was fought from April 30 to May 6, 1863, in Spotsylvania County, Virginia, near the village of Chancellorsville.
  • The Battle of Gettysburg

    The Battle of Gettysburg
    In July of 1863, General Robert E. Lee's Army Of Northern Virginia of 75,000 men and the 97,000 man Union Army Of The Potomac under General George G. Meade met, by chance, when a Confederate brigade sent forward for supplies observed a forward column of Meade's cavalry.
    Of the more than 2,000 land engagements of the Civil War, Gettysburg ranks supreme. Although the Battle of Gettysburg did not end the war, nor did it attain any major war aim for the North or the South, it remains the great batt
  • Fredricksburg

    On November 14, Burnside, now in command of the Army of the Potomac, sent a corps to occupy the vicinity of Falmouth near Fredericksburg. The rest of the army soon followed. Lee reacted by entrenching his army on the heights behind the town. On December 11, Union engineers laid five pontoon bridges across the Rappahannock under fire. On the 12th, the Federal army crossed over, and on December 13
  • Siege of Petersburg

    Siege of Petersburg
    Union forces beseiged Petersburg for 9 months. Union forces were well supplied. Confederate forces could barely find food to eat. Finally, with their numbers dwindling due to dessertions, and with Sherman's forces approaching from the south, Lee attempted a break out. It failed miserably, and on April 2nd, Union forces soon assaulted the Confederate lines. The Army of Virginia was forced to withdraw from both Petersburg and Richmond..
  • attack and capture Atlanta

    attack and capture Atlanta
    The "Atlanta campaign" is the name given by historians to the military operations that took place in north Georgia during the Civil War (1861-65) in the spring and summer of 1864.
  • Lee Surrenders

    Lee Surrenders
    In less than three months, he drove out the enemy and invaded the North. Even then, Davis kept a large number of soldiers on guard duty in Virginia. So it happened that one-fourth of Pickett's crack troops were guarding a supply depot near Virginia during the important battle of Gettysburg.
    Lee lost the battle. Could he have won with the extra men? No one knows. But no one doubts that fighting two wars at the same time left Lee an old man. Lee remains a Southern hero.
  • Lincoln Assasinated

    Lincoln Assasinated
    Lincoln went to a play with his wife and john wilkes booth shot him from behind in the head/noggin
  • 13th Amendment

    13th Amendment
    Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation. The statement said that all slaves would be declared free in those states still in rebellion against the United States on 1st January, 1863. The measure only applied to those states which, after that date, came under the military control of the Union Army.
  • Siege of Vicksburg

    Siege of Vicksburg
    Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s armies converged on Vicksburg, investing the city and entrapping a Confederate army under Lt. Gen. John Pemberton. On July 4, Vicksburg surrendered after prolonged siege operations. This was the culmination of one of the most brilliant military campaigns of the war.