The Civil War

  • Abraham Lincoln Elected President (first term)

    Lincoln officially took office as president on March 4 1860. He was the first republican president. When he was elected many southern states were outraged at his election and feared he would abolish slavery so they seceded from the Union.
  • The Confederate States of America is Formed

    This occured when Abraham Lincoln was elected president. The south believed that he would abolidh slavery so they seceded from the Union and formed the Confederate States of America.
  • Attack of Fort Sumter

    Attack of Fort Sumter
    A federal Outpost in Charleston, South Carolina, was attacked by Confederate troops, beginning the Civil War
  • First Battle of Bull Run

    First Battle of Bull Run
    The first major battle in the Civil War. Shattered the norths hopes of winning the war quickly. Also known as the first battle of Manasses.
  • Battle of Shiloh

    Battle of Shiloh
    The Union army gained greater control of the mississippi river valley. Both sides claimed victory, but the real victor was Grant.
  • Union Captures New Orleans

    The capture of New Orleans was an important event for the Union.The Confederacy lost its largest city control of the Mississippi River. The capture of New Orleans was a major turning point in the war.
  • Seven Days Battle

    Seven Days Battle
    Lee attacked launching a series of clashes that forced the union army to retreat from near richmond. They saved Richmond and forced McClellan to retreat.
  • second battle of bull run

    second battle of bull run
    It was a 3 day battle, and it was also called to second Manasses.There were heavy casualties on both sides.
  • Battle of Antietam

    Battle of Antietam
    It was also known as the battle of sharpsburg, it was the bloodiest single day battles of the Civil war.
  • Battle of Fredericksburg

    It resulted in a Confederate victory and was one of the most one sided battles of the war. The Union casualties were more than twice as heavy as those suffered by the Confederates.
  • Emancipation Proclamation

    Emancipation Proclamation
    This document was written by Abraham Lincoln. It was a millitary order to free slaves only in the area controlled by the Confederacy. It had little immediate effect.
  • Battle of Chancellorsville

    Battle of Chancellorsville
    Chancellorville is known as Lees perfect battle because he made a risky decision. He divided his army into two even though the union army was much bigger and this resulted in a confederate victory.
  • Seige of Vicksburgh

    Seige of Vicksburgh
    General Grants troops began cutting off the city and shelling it repeatidly. Food ran out and residents survived by eating horses, dogs and rats.
  • Battle of Gettysburgh

    Battle of Gettysburgh
    This was a key battle that finally turned the tide against the Confederates. Lees troops ran right into union general Meades calvery, this triggered the battle. Though the Union won it came at a high price this battle had the largest number of casualties in the Civil War.
  • Battle of Chickamauga

    The battle was the most significant Union defeat in the Western Theater of Civil War and had the second highest number of casualties in the war. It resulted in a Confederate victory.
  • Gettysburg Address

    President Lincoln gave the speech and it praised the the bravery of the union soldiers. It also renewed his commitment to winning the Civil War.
  • Battle of Spotsylvania

    It was the second major battle in Ulysses S. Grant's 1864 Overland Campaign of Civil War. Grant tried to break Confederate lines but in the battle was inconclusive, with almost 32,000 casualties on both sides.
  • Battle of Cold Harbor

    The most significate fighting of the battle was on June 3rd. It was one of the final battles of Ulysses S Grants campaign during the Civil War. Thousands of union soldiers were killed or wounded.
  • Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse

    Confederate general Robert E Lee surrenders to Ulysses S Grant. This showed that the Confederacy was loosing strength and the war was nearing its end. There were several small battles after the surrneder but ultimately the war had ended.
  • Assassination of President Lincoln

    The Assassination occured 5 days after the commanding general Robert E Lee surrendered to Ulysses S Grant. President Lincoln was shot while watching the play Our American Cousin.