War Between the States

Main

Abraham Lincoln is elected

November 1860

16th President

South Carolina secedes

December 20, 1860

Mississippi secedes

January 9, 1861

Florida secedes

January 10, 1861

Alabama secedes

January 11, 1861

Georgia secedes

January 19, 1861

Texas secedes

February 1, 1861

American Civil War

April 12, 1861 - May 9, 1865

(by declaration)

Fort Sumter is shelled

April 12, 1861

Virginia secedes

April 17, 1861

Arkansas secedes

May 6, 1861

North Carolina secedes

May 20, 1861

Tennessee secedes

June 8, 1861

Battle of first Manassas

July 21, 1861

Battle of Shiloh

April 6, 1862 - April 7, 1862

Seven Days Campaign

June 25, 1862 - July 1, 1862

Battle of second Manassas

August 29, 1862 - August 30, 1862

Battle of Sharpsburg

September 17, 1862

President Lincoln issues preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

September 22, 1862

Battle of Fredricksburg

December 13, 1862

Emancipation Proclamation goes into effect

January 1, 1863

Battle of Chancellorsville

May 1, 1863 - May 2, 1863

Battle of Gettysburg

July 1, 1863 - July 3, 1863

Major turning point in the war

Vicksburg surrenders to General Grant

July 4, 1863

New York City draft riots

July 13, 1863 - July 16, 1863

Battle of Chickamauga

September 19, 1863

Battle of Chattanooga

November 23, 1863 - November 25, 1863

General Grant become overall Union Commander

March 1864

Battle of the Wilderness

May 5, 1864

Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

May 12, 1864

Battle of Cold Harbor

June 1, 1864

Siege of Petersburg begins

June 15, 1864

Battle of the Crater

July 30, 1864

Sherman captures Atlanta

September 2, 1864

Sheridan begins his Valley Campaign

September 24, 1864

Abraham Lincoln reelected

November 8, 1864

Sherman begins his "March to the Sea"

November 15, 1864

Battle of Franklin

November 30, 1864

Battle of Nashville

December 16, 1864

"March to the Sea" ends with capture of Savannah

December 23, 1864

Battle of Five Forks

April 1, 1865

Battle of Saylor's Creek

April 6, 1865

General Lee surrenders to General Grant at Appomattox Court House

April 9, 1865

End of the Civil War

Abraham Lincoln assassinated by John Wilkes Booth

April 14, 1865

Johnston Surrenders to Sherman in NC

April 26, 1865

Taylor surrenders

May 4, 1865

E.K. Smith surrenders the trans-Mississippi west

May 26, 1865