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Civil War History - Chronology

The Gathering Storm: 1860 (The Southern Rebellion, 1867)

Attached is a printable chronology of important events that took place four months prior to the American Civil War.

December, 1860, was a busy month for Secessionists, with all sorts of gatherings, hand shaking and back-slapping; while in Washington the elected representatives to the U.S. Congress from the state of South Carolina resigned.

In North Carolina, U.S. Army Major Robert Anderson (1805 - 1871) gets a sense of what is coming down the pike and removes his troops from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter.


The Civil War in 1861 (The Southern Rebellion, 1867)

A printable chronology of the important events that occurred during the first year of the American Civil War: 1861.

In April of 1861 the first gallons of blood begin to pour and as December slowly rolled around, news spreads of a battle fought by one Native American tribe loyal to the Union against another tribe siding with the Rebels. For the next two years the great momentum of the war would be on the side of the Confederacy.

Click here to read about the heavy influence religion had in the Rebel states during the American Civil War.


The Civil War in 1862 (Southern Rebellion, 1867)

A printable chronology of the major events that took place during 1862, the second year of the American Civil War.

The high hopes that both sides enjoyed during the previous year had entirely vanished, and were replaced instead by a sense of grim determination as all concerned rolled up their sleeves and faced a war that had no end in sight. The year began with news of two Missouri Senators who were expelled from that body for their Rebel sympathies; among the many military engagements that marked that year, the most legendary were the battles of Shiloh, Fredericks burg and Antietam. "Monitor" and "Merrimac" had at it, General McClellan was replaced by General Halleck, and the year ended with Union General William Tecumseh Sherman occupying the city of Savannah.


The Civil War in 1863 (Southern Rebellion, 1867)

Here is a printable chronology of the important events that occurred during 1863, the most slaughterous year of the American Civil War.

The blood flowed deep in 1863 and the year proved to be a decisive one for the Union Army as the Rebels were driven out of Pennsylvania - at the same time the Confederate defense of Vicksburg (Mississippi) collapsed. General Sherman continued his march to the sea while the women of Mobile (Alabama) cried out for bread. In the North, President Lincoln suspended habeas corpus and draft riots broke out in Boston and New York City.


The Civil War in 1864 (Southern Rebellion, 1867)

A chronology of the important events that occurred during one of the most eventful years of the American Civil War: 1864.

As the year commenced, President Lincoln called for an additional 500,000 men to be drafted; General Ulysses S. Grant assumed command of the Army of the Potomac; Admiral Farragut sailed victoriously out of Mobile Bay and assorted New York hotels were set ablaze by rebel agents.


1865: The Last Four Months of War (Southern Rebellion, 1867)

A chronology of the most prominent events that occurred during the last, and most decisive year of the American Civil War: 1865.

As the year began, General Sherman's army began it's march through the Carolinas; four months later Richmond fell and President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. On May tenth the victorious Union army marched in review down Pennsylvania Avenue and at month's end, Kirby Smith and his rebel forces surrendered in the West.

It was argued that slavery in the United States did not end in 1865...


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