Todd Leporatti's Civil War Timeline

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    Civil War

  • Jefferson Davis Is A Secessionist

    Jefferson Davis Is A Secessionist
    Jefferson Davis publicly reveals he's a secessionist for the first time.
  • Lincoln Elected

    Lincoln Elected
    Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th President of the United States. He is the first Republican President to disagree with slavery.
  • Secession Convention Announced

    Secession Convention Announced
    South Carolina calls for the first Secession Convention to take place on December 17. This news comes just three days after Lincoln was elected.
  • Southerners Resign From Senate

    Southerners Resign From Senate
    After Lincoln's election, many Southerners begin to resign from the United States Senate. The first of which is James Chestnut of South Carolina who resigns on November 10.
  • Robert Toombs' Speech

    Robert Toombs' Speech
    Robert Toombs gives his intense pro-secession speech which is quickly followed by his resignation from the Senate.
  • Fort Sumter In Danger

    Fort Sumter In Danger
    Robert Anderson reports that Fort Sumter in Charleston is being threatened.
  • Buchanan Denies Reinforcements

    Buchanan Denies Reinforcements
    President James Buchanan denies reinforcements of Federal Troops in Charleston which leaves many people angered.
  • Buchanan's State of the Union

    Buchanan's State of the Union
    Current President James Buchanan sends a State of the Union message to Congress stating that the Southern states cannot secede and he urges Congress to pass a law allowing them to keep their slaves.
  • First Secession Convention Held

    First Secession Convention Held
    The first Secession Convention is held in Columbia, South Carolina.
  • South Carolina Secedes

    South Carolina Secedes
    South Carolina becomes the first state to secede from the Union.
  • Confederate States Formed

    Confederate States Formed
    The Confederate States are formed and a government is established in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Lincoln Inaugurated

    Lincoln Inaugurated
    Lincoln is inaugurated in Washington, D.C.
  • Civil War Started

    Civil War Started
    The Civil War formally begins when the first shots are fired at Fort Sumter, South Carolina.
  • Tennessee Secedes

    Tennessee Secedes
    Tennessee becomes the final state to secede in June 1861.
  • Battle of Big Bethel

    Battle of Big Bethel
    Battle of Big Bethel is fought in Virginia
  • Battle of Bull Run

    Battle of Bull Run
    The First Battle of Bull Run is fought in Virginia.
  • Battle of Wilson's Creek

    Battle of Wilson's Creek
    Confederate victory at the Battle of Wilson's Creek in Missouri.
  • Fort Hatteras Falls

    Fort Hatteras Falls
    Fort Hatteras in North Carolina falls to the Union Navy.
  • Lexington Falls

    Lexington Falls
    Lexington, Missouri falls to Confederate Forces under Sterling Price.
  • Battle of Ball's Bluff

    Battle of Ball's Bluff
    Battle of Ball's Bluff occurs in Virginia. Baker leads troops across the Potomac river.
  • Battle of Mill Springs

    Battle of Mill Springs
    The Battle of Mill Springs occurs in Kentucky. Union victory.
  • Battle of Roanoke Island

    Battle of Roanoke Island
    The Battle of Roanoke Island occurs in North Carolina. Union victory.
  • Jefferson Davis Inaugurated

    Jefferson Davis Inaugurated
    Davis is Inaugurated as the President of the Confederate States of America.
  • Battle of Pea Ridge

    Battle of Pea Ridge
    The Battle of Pea Ride, also known as the Battle of Elkhorn Tavern, occurs in Arkansas. Union victory.
  • Battle of Shiloh

    Battle of Shiloh
    The first major battle in Tennessee at Shiloh church. Union victory.
  • Battle of Seven Pines

    Battle of Seven Pines
    The Battle of Seven Pines occurs near Richmond, Virginia. Robert E. Lee becomes the commander of the Confederate Army.
  • Seven Days' Battle

    Seven Days' Battle
    The Seven Days' Battle occurs.
  • Second Battle of Bull Run

    Second Battle of Bull Run
    The Second Battle of Bull Run occurs. Confederate victory.
  • Battle of Antietam

    Battle of Antietam
    Bloodiest battle of the war occurs in Maryland. After this Lincoln announces the Emancipation Proclamation.
  • Battle of Fredericksburg

    Battle of Fredericksburg
    The Battle of Fredericksburg occurs in Virginia. Confederate victory.
  • Emancipation Proclamation Implemented

    Emancipation Proclamation Implemented
    Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation goes into effect on New Year's Day 1863, freeing all slaves.
  • Battle of Stones River

    Battle of Stones River
    The Battle of Stones River occurs in Tennessee. Union victory.
  • Conscription Begins

    Conscription Begins
    Conscription, or recruitment for the War, begins in the North.
  • Battle of Chancellorsville

    Battle of Chancellorsville
    The Battle of Chancellorsville occurs in Virginia. Union victory, although Stonewall Jackson perishes.
  • Siege of Vicksburg

    Siege of Vicksburg
    The Siege of Vicksburg by the Union occurs in Mississippi.
  • Battle of Gettysburg

    Battle of Gettysburg
    Bloodiest battle of the war occurs in Pennsylvania.
  • Surrender of Vicksburg

    Surrender of Vicksburg
    The Surrender of Vicksburg, Mississippi by the Confederates on Independence Day gives the Union full control of the Mississippi River.
  • NYC Draft Riots

    NYC Draft Riots
    Draft riots begin in New York City and continue for three days.
  • Battle of Chattanooga

    Battle of Chattanooga
    The Battle of Chattanooga occurs in Tennessee. Union victory.
  • Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction

    Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction
    Lincoln issues the Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction.
  • Escape From Libby Prison

    Escape From Libby Prison
    109 Union officers escape from Libby Prison in Richmond. 59 survived.
  • Battle of the Wilderness

    Battle of the Wilderness
    The Battle of the Wilderness occurs in Virginia.
  • Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

    Battle of Spotsylvania Court House
    The Battle of Spotsylvania Court House occurs in Virginia.
  • Battle of Cold Harbor

    Battle of Cold Harbor
    The Battle of Cold Harbor occurs in Virginia.
  • Battle of Brice's Crossroads

    Battle of Brice's Crossroads
    The Battle of Brice's Crossroads occurs in Mississippi. Confederate victory.
  • Assault On Petersburg

    Assault On Petersburg
    The Assault on Petersburg occurs in Virginia.
  • Battle of Kennesaw Mountain

    Battle of Kennesaw Mountain
    The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain occurs in Georgia.
  • Battle of Monocacy

    Battle of Monocacy
    The Battle of Monocacy occurs in Maryland. Confederate victory.
  • Battle of Cedar Creek

    Battle of Cedar Creek
    The Battle of Cedar Creek occurs in Virginia.
  • Lincoln Re-Elected

    Lincoln Re-Elected
    Lincoln is Re-Elected as the President of the United States.
  • Lincoln's Second Inauguration

    Lincoln's Second Inauguration
    Lincoln's Inauguration for his second term as President.
  • Battle of Five Forks

    Battle of Five Forks
    The Battle of Five Forks occurs in Virginia. Union victory.
  • Battle of Appomattox Court House

    Battle of Appomattox Court House
    The Battle of Appomattox Court House occurs in Virginia. Union victory, Lee surrenders.
  • Lincoln Assassinated

    Lincoln Assassinated
    President Lincoln is assassinated at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. by John Wilkes Booth. He dies the next day.
  • Grand Review of the Armies

    Grand Review of the Armies
    Civil War Victory Parade occurs in Washington, D.C.
  • Civil War Ends

    Civil War Ends
    The Confederacy surrenders and the Civil War officially ends.
  • Texan Slaves Freed

    Texan Slaves Freed
    General Granger declares all slaves in Texas freed.
  • Fort Towson Surrender

    Fort Towson Surrender
    General Stand Watie surrenders the last sizeable Confederate Army at Fort Towson
  • Potomac Disbanded

    Potomac Disbanded
    The Army of the Potomac is disbanded.
  • Lincoln Conspirators Arrested

    Lincoln Conspirators Arrested
    8 men are arrested surrounding Lincoln's assassination.
  • First Ambulance Goes Into Service

    First Ambulance Goes Into Service
    The world's first ambulance goes into service.
  • Congress Rejects Veto

    Congress Rejects Veto
    The Congress rejects President Johnson's veto which would have given equal rights to all in the US.
  • Root Beer Invented

    Root Beer Invented
    Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer.
  • Metric System Legalized

    Metric System Legalized
    The Metric Law is passed making the metric system a legal law of measurement.
  • First Roller Rink Opens

    First Roller Rink Opens
    The world's first roller rink opens in Newport, Rhode Island.
  • War Officially Declared Over

    War Officially Declared Over
    President Johnson officially declares the Civil War has ended.
  • Treaty of Prague

    Treaty of Prague
    The Treaty of Prague ends the Austro-Prussian War.
  • Jesse James Bank Robbery

    Jesse James Bank Robbery
    Jesse James and his gang rob $2,000 from a bank in Lexington, Missouri.
  • Chicago Water Supply Tunnel Completed

    Chicago Water Supply Tunnel Completed
    The water supply tunnel connecting Chicago to Lake Michigan is completed.
  • First Yacht Race

    First Yacht Race
    The world's first yacht race occurs across the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Peabody Fund Formed

    Peabody Fund Formed
    The Peabody fund is formed to help educate African-Americans in Southern America.
  • Nebraska Becomes State

    Nebraska Becomes State
    Most of present-day Nebraska becomes the 37th state. The rest is added later.
  • Peonage Abolished In New Mexico

    Peonage Abolished In New Mexico
    US Congress abolishes peonage in New Mexico.
  • Department of Education Formed

    Department of Education Formed
    The Department of Education is formed by Congress.
  • Lincoln Memorial Approved

    Lincoln Memorial Approved
    US Congress first approves the building of the Lincoln Memorial, it won't open until 1922.
  • Alaska Purchased

    Alaska Purchased
    The US buys Alaska from Russia for 7.2 million dollars, or 2 cents an acre. It was originally known as Russian America and won't become a state for almost `100 years.
  • Reconstruction Begins

    Reconstruction Begins
    Post-war Reconstruction of the South begins.
  • New Orleans Segregation Protest

    New Orleans Segregation Protest
    Louisiana African-Americans stage a ride-in on New Orleans to protest segregation.
  • Midway Islands Possessed

    Midway Islands Possessed
    The Midway Islands in the Pacific are formally declared a US possession.
  • Congress Looks Into Impeachment

    Congress Looks Into Impeachment
    US Congress begins looking into the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, which eventually will take place.