Civil War Timeline

Pre-Civil War

Kansas-Missouri Border Violence

1854 - 1861

Dred Scott v. Sandford

March 6, 1857

Lincoln-Douglas Debates

1858

Harpers Ferry Raid

October 16, 1859

Crittenden Compromise

December, 1860

Lower South Secession*

December 20, 1860 - February 1, 1861

Lincoln's First Inaugural Address

March 4, 1861

Union

Financing the War

1861 - 1865

Copperheads

1861 - 1864

Confiscation Acts

1861

Emancipation Disputes/Ideologies

1861

Ex Parte Merryman

1861

Clara Barton

1861

Winfield Scott

1861

Border States*

April 1861 - May 1861

U.S. Sanitary Commission

June 18, 1861

George McClellan

July 26, 1861 - November 9, 1862

Morrill Land Grant Act of 1862

1862

Homestead Act of 1862

1862

Habeas Corpus Suspended

1862

Ironclads

March 1862

Amrbose Burnside

November 9, 1862 - January 26, 1863

Union Pacific/Central Pacific Railroads*

1863

National Bank Acts

1863 - 1864

National Women's Loyal League

1863

Emancipation Proclamation

January 1, 1863

African American Roles

1863

Joseph Hooker

January 26, 1863 - June 28, 1863

National Draft Law

March, 1863

Standard Gauge Railway

March 3, 1863

Massachussetts 54th Infantry

March 13, 1863 - August 4, 1865

Clement L. Vallandigham

May 5, 1863

George Meade

June 28, 1863 - June 28, 1865

New York City Riots

July, 1863

Union Party Formed

1864

Ulysses Grant

March 1864

13th Amendment

1865

Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

March 1865

Ex Parte Milligan

1866

Confederation

Joseph Johnston

1861 - 1865

Stonewall Jackson

1861 - 1863

Financing the Confederacy

1861 - 1865

Confederate States of America Creation*

February 1861

Jefferson Davis

February 1861

Fort Sumter*

April, 1861

Secession After Fort Sumter

April 17, 1861 - May 20, 1861

Trent Affair

September, 1861

Robert E. Lee

1862 - 1865

Confederation Conscription Act

April 1862 - 1863

Confederate Relations with Great Britain and France

1865