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Civil War Anniversary 1861-1865   Tags: civil_war, civil_war_sesquicentennial, history  

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Soldiers in the trenches before battle, Petersburg, Va., 1865. 111-B-157.

Soldiers in the trenches before battle, Petersburg, Va., 1865. 111-B-157. 

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Summary of Civil War Battles


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Timeline 1861-1865


  • January 1861 -- The South Secedes  
  • February 1861 -- The South Creates a Government  
  • February 1861 -- The South Seizes Federal Forts  
  • March 1861 -- Lincoln's Inauguration  
  • April 1861 -- Attack on Fort Sumter  
  • April 1861 -- Four More States Join the Confederacy  
  • June 1861 -- West Virginia Is Born  
  • June 1861 -- Four Slave States Stay in the Union  
  • July 1861 -- First Battle of Bull Run  
  • July 1861 -- General McDowell Is Replaced  
  • July 1861 -- A Blockade of the South  
  • 1862 Events
  • 1863 Events
  • 1864 Events
  • 1865 Events

Fort Sumter: The War Begins

Excerpt from (Fort Sumter National Monument)

bombardment of Fort Sumter

The War Begins -- April 12, 1861

At 4:30 a. m., a mortar at Fort Johnson fired a shell which arched across the sky and burst almost directly over Fort Sumter. This was the signal for opening the bombardment. Within a few minutes, a ring of guns and mortars about the harbor--43 in all-- were firing at Sumter.


Appomattox: Surrender of General Robert E. Lee

On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at the courthouse in Appomatox.  The National Park Service maintains a virtual site at:


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