Civil War Time Table

Time

Eastern Theater

Western Theater

Other

1861

February

Confederacy formed

March

Abraham Lincoln inaugurated

April

Fort Sumter attacked

Virginia secedes

May

Arkansas, Tennessee and North Carolina secede

July

First Bull Run

George B. McClellan Commander of Potomac

November

Trent Affair

1862

February

Forts Henry and Donelson

March

Peninsular Campaign begins

Lincoln assumes command of armies

Pea Ridge

Monitor v. Merrimac

April

Shiloh

David Farragut takes New Orleans

June

Seven Days’ Battles begin

Robert E. Lee assumes Confederate command

July

Union command to Henry Halleck

August

Second Bull Run

September

Antietam

Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation issued

October

Perryville

November

Union command to Ambrose Burnside

December

Fredericksburg

Murfreesboro begins

1863

January

Final Emancipation Proclamation

Joseph Hooker heads Army of Potomac

March

Draft instituted in North

May

Chancellorsville

June

George Meade heads Army of Potomac

July

Gettysburg

Vicksburg

Draft riots in New York City

August

Quantrill’s raid at Lawrence

September

Chickamauga

October

U.S. Grant heads western armies

November

Chattanooga

Gettysburg Address

1864

March

Grant takes overall command

May

The Wilderness Campaign

June

Siege of Petersburg begins

August

Mobile Bay

September

Atlanta falls

October

Sheridan v. Early in Shenandoah Valley

November

“March to the Sea" begins

Lincoln reelected

December

Nashville

1865

February

Peace conference at Hampton Roads

April

Petersburg and Richmond evacuated

Lee surrenders

Lincoln assassinated

13th Amendment ratified

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Quotes regarding Civil War Time Table.

By Robert E. Lee
I have fought against the people of the North because I believed they were seeking to wrest from the South its dearest rights. But I have never cherished toward them bitter or vindictive feelings, and have never seen the day when I did not pray for them.
By Franklin Pierce
I speak of the war as fruitless; for it is clear that, prosecuted upon the basis of the proclamations of September 22d and September 24th, 1862, prosecuted, as I must understand these proclamations, to say nothing of the kindred blood which has followed, upon the theory of emancipation, devastation, subjugation, it cannot fail to be fruitless in every thing except the harvest of woe which it is ripening for what was once the peerless republic.
Address in Concord NH on July 4, 1863
By Thomas J. “Stonewall" Jackson
The time for war has not yet come, but it will come, and that soon; and when it does come, my advice is to draw the sword and throw away the scabbard.
Speech to VMI cadets, March, 1861
By William T. Sherman
You people of the South don't know what you are doing. This country will be drenched in blood, and God only knows how it will end. It is all folly, madness, a crime against civilization! You people speak so lightly of war; you don't know what you're talking about.
December, 1860

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