Abraham Lincoln, an opponent of slavery is elected, unsettling the south states with slavery.
January 1861 - February 1861
South Carolina first secedes, prompting 10 other states to secede as well and creating a new government, forming the Confederate States of America. They soon attacked and captured Fort Sumter in South Carolina.
July 21, 1861
The first major land battle and the first battle of Bull Run where the south takes victory over the north.
The first ironclad battle in history, after a daylong battle the Merrimac withdraws resulting in a draw.
Bull Run Round 2
Another battle in Bull Run, where the south takes yet another victory
Lee is heavily outnumbered in the battle having to retreat in the end with 23,000 casualties.
Atlanta To Savannah
September 1864 - December 1864
Gen. Sherman sends his troops on a destructive 300 mile charge using the "scorched earth" tactic in order to break the will of the south.
War Finally Over
April 9, 1865
Lee surrenders to Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, not wanting his soldiers to suffer anymore
September 23, 1962
Abraham declares that all slaves in rebel states would be set free on 1/1/63
Largest Battle in the West
The battle of Gettysburg, one of the largest battles in the western hemisphere takes place. After 3 days of battle there are over 50,000 casualties.