Battles and Events of the Civil War


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  • The Battle of Fort Sumter was the bombardment of U.S. Fort Sumter, which is near Charleston, South Carolina. No soldiers on both sides were killed by the attack.
  • The Battle of Hampton Roads was the most famous naval battle of the Civil War. It was the first battle between the Monitor and the Merrimack ships. At the end neither side was declared winner.
  • the Battle of Gettysburg was one of the most crucial battles of the war. It had over 46,000 casualties, nearly 8,000 of men fighting on both sides were killed. It was know as the turning point in the war.
  • William Sherman’s victory in Atlanta increased Lincoln’s popularity and helped him win the re-election. This was a very important moment in the war.
  • The U.S. Congress approves the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which is to abolish slavery. The amendment is then submitted to the states to approve.
  • After clearing Richmond, General Lee’s troops were surrounded, on April 7 Grant called Lee to surrender. On April 9, the commanders met at Appomattox Courthouse, and agreed on the terms of surrender.
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