Important Events Before and During the Civil War

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Missouri Compromise is created

1820

Compromise of 1850 is created

1850

Fugitive Slave Act is passed

September 18, 1850

Uncle Tom's Cabin is published

March 20, 1852

Kansas-Nebraska Act is signed into law

May 30, 1854

Dred Scott decision in the Supreme Court

March 6, 1857

John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry

October 16, 1859 - October 18, 1859

South Carolina secedes from the United States

December 20, 1860

Abraham Lincoln takes office

March 4, 1861

Battle at Fort Sumter

April 12, 1861 - April 14, 1861

1st Battle of Bull Run

July 21, 1861

Battle of Shiloh

April 6, 1862 - April 7, 1862

Battle of Antietam

September 17, 1862

Emancipation Proclomation goes into effect

January 1, 1863

Battle of Vicksburg

May 18, 1863 - July 4, 1863

Battle of Gettysburg

July 1, 1863 - July 3, 1863

Sherman's March to the Sea

November 15, 1864 - December 21, 1864

Reconstruction Begins

1865

Confederacy surrenders at Appomattox

April 9, 1865

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated

April 14, 1865