The south wanted the north to give them all their military items in the south. when the north refused Pier Beauregard fired on fort Sumter and the north quickly gave in and left the fort.
1st battle of bull run
July 21, 1861
This was the first major battle of the civil war. the union army was so sure they would have a quick victory that the civilians brought picknick baskets to watch the battle. the north lost the battle and had to retreat back to Washington D.C.
the monitor vs the merrimack
march 9, 1862
The first battle between two iron clad ships. It resulted in a draw.
battle of Shiloh
April 6, 1862 - April 7, 1862
The south surprise attacked the north and the north traded space for time till they could counter attack the south and drive them back and win the battle.
the peninsula campaign
June 25, 1862 - July 1, 1862
the north tried to get to the confederate capital and got pushed back to the sea
Battle of anteitam
Sept. 16, 1862 - Sept. 18, 1862
The single bloodiest day of american history came durring this battle. the south won
battle of Chancellorsville
April 30, 1863 - May 6, 1863
Lee the southern general traps the union troops in a Forrest and then fires on them with cannons
battle of vicksberg
may 18, 1863 - july 4, 1863
the union army tried to attack the city but when that failed they laid siege to the city