Events Leading to the Civil War


The Dred Scott Decision

March 6, 1857

He was an African American who unsuccessfully sued for his freedom.

Lincoln Becomes President

November 6, 1860

He became the 16th president.

South Carolina Secedes

December 20, 1860

South Carolina decided they did not want to be a part of the United States.

Confederacy is Formed

February 4, 1861

A group of 11 states that seceded from the US to preserve slavery.

Firing on Fort Sumter

April 12, 1861

The firing on Fort Sumter was the beginning of the Civil War.

Battle of Bull Run

July 21, 1861

The Battle of Bull Run was fought in Prince William County, Virginia.

Battle of Antietam

September 17, 1861

The Battle of Antietam was part of the Maryland campaign.

Battle of Chattanooga

June 7, 1862 - June 8, 1862

The Chattanooga Battle was a series of maneuvers and battles in October and November.

Battle of Second Manassas

August 28, 1862 - August 30, 1862

The Second Manassas was fought as part of the American Civil War.

Emancipation Proclamation

September 26, 1862

It stipulated that if Southern states did not end their rebellion by January 1, 1863, then proclamation would go into effect.

Battle of Gettysburg

July 1, 1863 - July 3, 1863

The Battle of Gettysburg was fought by Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War.

The Fall of Richmond

April 2, 1865

The Confederate defenders abandoned Richmond.

Surrender at Appomattox

April 9, 1865

One of the last battles of the American Civil War.

Lincoln is Assassinated

April 15, 1865

Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.