Civil War Timeline


Abraham Lincoln is elected president and the South secedes


The South said Lincoln wasn't their President so they seceded from the Union.

Confederacy attacks Union at Fort Sumter

April 12, 1861 - April 14, 1861

Confederacy wins.

Battle of Shiloh won by Union

April 6, 1862 - April 7, 1862

The bloodiest war which was fought in Tennessee.

The Second Battle of Bull Run won by Confederates

August 28, 1862 - August 30, 1862

Robert E. Lee's Confederate forces and John Pope's Union forces meet in Virginia, on the same ground as the First Battle of Bull Run.

The Battle of Antietam

September 16, 1862 - September 18, 1862

Robert E. Lee and George McClellan and their forces face off near Antietam creek in Maryland. Known as the single bloodiest day in American history. Is known as a stalemate.

Emancipation Proclamation

September 22, 1862

Abraham Lincoln declared that as of January 1, 1863, all slaves in rebelling states would be free. It turned the fight for preserving the nation into a fight for human freedom.

Battle of Gettysburg

July 1, 1863 - July 3, 1863

A Union victory. Over 50,000 casualties in between the two armies.

Gettysburg Address

November 19, 1863

Abraham Lincoln gives a speech to honor the men lost during the Battle of Gettysburg. The speech was quick.

Sherman's March to Sea

November 15, 1864 - December 21, 1864

William Tecumseh Sherman and his troops left the captured city of Atlanta and marched through Georgia to the port of Savannah, destroying cities, until the Confederates would stop running and surrender.

Robert E. Lee Surrenders at the Appomattox Courthouse

April 9, 1865

Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant. They had a meeting that lasted about an hour and a half. This was the end of the Civil War.