Civil War

Events

Confederates fire on Fort Sumter

February 4, 1861

The Confederates fired and took over the federal installations. The Confedrates made an act of treason.Fort Sumter falls and that unites the North

Inauguration of President Lincoln

March 4, 1861

After the inauguration only two Southern Forts remained in Union hands. The day after the Confederacy was demanding he surrender or face an attack.

First Bull Run

July 21, 1861

General Irvin McDowell suffers a defeat at Bull Run. General Thomas J. Jackson earns the nickname "stonewall" for not letting Union troops attack.

Engraving of the Battle

March 9, 1862

Confederates sink two Union ships.Naval warfare is forever changed and the wooden boats were made obsolete

North and South clash at Shiloh

April 6,1862

Confederates surprise the Union while they were doing other stuff. The Union Forces were on the edge of disaster, Grant reorganized troops and did a counterattack at dawn the following morning.

Battle of Antietam

September 16, 1862

Single most bloodiest day of the war. The dead and the wounded would exceed 10,000 from both sides.

Emancipation Proclamation

January 1, 1863

Slaves are being free in territories by the Confederates. They started to enlist black solider in the Union Army, Union now becomes a revolutionary struggle for abolition of slavery.

Battle of Chancellorsville

May 1, 1863

The Union Army under Gen. Hooker is decisively defeated by Lee's much smaller forces at the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia as a result of Lee's brilliant and daring tactics. Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson is mortally wounded by his own soldiers. Hooker retreats.

Battle of Vicksburg

May 1863

Ulysses S Grant takes Vicksburg in a month long siege on the city. Grant takes command of Union Army.

Battle of Gettysburg

July 1, 1863

Bloodiest battle that lasted 3 days.There were losses on both sides. Confederates retreat back to Virginia

Battle of Chattanooga

November 23, 1863

During the battle one of the most dramatic moments the battle of the war occurs. Yelling "Chickamauga! Chickamauga!" Union troops avenge their previous defeat at Chickamauga by storming up the face of Missionary Ridge without orders and sweep the Rebels from what had been though to be an impregnable position. "My God, come and see 'em run!" a Union soldier cries.

Cold Harbor

June 3, 1864

A costly mistake by Grant results in 7,000 Union casualties in twenty minutes during an offensive against fortified Rebels at Cold Harbor in Virginia.
Many of the Union soldiers in the failed assault had predicted the outcome, including a dead soldier from Massachusetts

Battle of Nashville

December 15, 1864

Hood's Rebel Army of 23,000 is crushed at Nashville by 55,000 Federals including Negro troops under Gen. George H. Thomas. The Confederate Army of Tennessee ceases as an effective fighting force.

Lee Surrenders at Appomattox

April 9, 1865

Hood's Rebel Army of 23,000 is crushed at Nashville by 55,000 Federals including Negro troops under Gen. George H. Thomas. The Confederate Army of Tennessee ceases as an effective fighting force

Lincoln Shot

April 15, 1865

The Stars and Stripes is ceremoniously raised over Fort Sumter. That night, Lincoln and his wife Mary see the play "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theater. During the third act of the play, John Wilkes Booth shoots the president in the head. Doctors attend to the president in the theater then move him to a house across the street. He never regains consciousness. Abraham Lincoln dies at 7:22 in the morning.