McClellan regrouped the retreating forces and soon had the capital well defended against attack.
Battle of Antietam
September 1862 - September 17, 1862
bloodiest single day of the civil war
Edward Everett spent two hours giving a blow-by-blow account of the battle and condemning the Confederate soldiers at traitors. President Lincoln followed with a brief but profound three-minute speech later known as the Gettysburg Address.
July 1, 1863 - July 3, 1863
the most decisive battle of the war
Battle of Chickamauga
Rosecrans was forced to retreat and was saved from serious defeat only by the brave stand of his left wing under the command of General George H. Thomas.
May 1864 - September 1864
First major objective
Confederate troops were forced to abandon Atlanta, and Sherman took possession of the city.
Grant's Wilderness Campaign
Cost Grant dearly
Surrender at Appomattox
April 9, 1865
Grant's terms of surrender were very generous. Lee graciously accepted Grant's terms; both men departed in dignity
End of Civil War
By the end of may 1865, the hostilities of the bloody conflict had ended.