Timeline of important events in the Civil War
Created by veridian on Apr 14, 2011
Last updated: 04/17/11 at 07:55 PM
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General Lee was retreating from South Carolina and took his final stand in the Appomattox Courthouse. The Union came swiftly on his heels and berated him with canon fire and attacked with Cavalry. It became too much and the Southern general surrendered. The victory here was the Unions victory over the Confederacy for the Civil War.
A month after the ended the two armies met. A quick battle ensued that the North was at a horrible disadvantage at. The South quickly scattered and killed the Northern footsoldiers while they rode on horseback. The South won the battle, though they weren't aware that they had already lost the war.
The Union came in yet another attempt to capture Texas. It was close, but General Taylor took the offensive in a risky move and managed to drive the Union away from their goal yet again and win the battle for the South.
Abraham Lincoln came to Pennsylvania to make a speech in honor of those who died in the battle of Gettysburg. He said that the ground on which the soldiers fought should not be hallowed or mourned, but honored. They should only fight harder for the cause in which these men fought on as a way of honoring them.
The North planned to drive the Confederacy out of key locations in Texas They led a siege on the Confederacy in Sabine Pass and expected them to retreat. The Confederacy cleverly took shelter and waited out the siege. When the Union troops moved in to take them out the Confederacy surprised them and sunk their ships. They drove the Unoin back out of Texas.
General Robert E. Lee souguht to push out of Virginia into the North and the Northern poloticians stopped prosecuting the war by penetrating much farther into the South. The ensuing battle from the two parties was one of the bloodiest battles in U.S history. The Union won, but the battle left between 46,000 and 51,000 casualties.
The North attacked Vicksburg in their attempts to "cut the South in half." The South was low on supplies at the time and reinforcements didn't arrive quick enough. The Union captured Vicksburg and the Mississippi River. This is considered the turning point in the war because the Union cut off trans-Mississippi contact for the South.
The union sought to blockade Southern ports as to cut of all trade and flow of supplies. The North attacked Galveston Port. The Southern troops drove th Northern infantry to the Northern side of the Island.The Southern Cotton clads sunk two Union ships and drove the other two off. The South managed to secure victory.
Shortly after the Civil War began Abraham Lincoln sined the Emancipation Proclamation. Contrary to popular belief, this document did not end all slavery. It ended slavery in the South. The 13th Ammendment was the law that ended all slavery.
The Confederacy attacked Fort Sumpter on April 12, 1861. The Union Admiral Anderson refused to comply when General Beargeguard demanded that he surrender. He strengthened the batteries aimed at Fort Sumpter and opened fire. He won the battle for the Confederacy and started the Civil War.
Texas called for a meeting to vote on whether or not they should seceed. Sam Houston hoped they would find it ilegal. Unfortunately, the norm for the people who attended the meeting was that they were for slavery and owned slaves. This led them to vote to seceed from the United States and join the Confederate States.