The Civil War

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The Civil War

The Civil War--186o-1861

Significant dates at the beginning of the Civil War.

1860Nov. 6

Lincoln Elected President

South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union. A strong believer in States' Rights and slavery. Other states followed.

1860Dec. 6

South Caroline secedesfrom the Union.

1861April 12April 12

Capture of Fort Sumter

1861April 23

1861July 21

Robert E. Lee takes command of Confederate forces.

1st Battle of Bull Run

Historic beginning of the Civil War as Ft. Sumter in Charleston harbor, S. Carolina is shelled at 4:30 a.m. in our Civil War Timeline. Ft Sumter surrenders approximately 36 hours later.

Lee accepts command of Virginia State forces. Lee turns down the offer from the Union on April 17th to command Federal forces. He refused..and resigned his commission in the Union army on April 20th.

Elected the 16th President of the United States. Before his inauguration, seven states will secede.

First blood at Manassas,Va. as Federals are routed in “The Great Skedaddle”. Civilians actually came out to watch the battle with picnic baskets but are appalled at the carnage.

More on Robert E. Lee can be found here.

Find a list of states that seceded from the Union here.

Stephen ChandlerAmerican History TeacherUWA Graduate Student


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