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
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.
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.
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.