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  • Fort Sumter
  • Battle of Ironclads
  • Shiloh
  • On April 12, 1861, Confederates, led by Gen. PGT Beauregard, open fired on Fort Sumter. The firing lasted all day and on April 13, 1861, Maj. Robert Anderson of the Union ended up surrendering the Fort. This Confederate win was the beginning of the Civil War.
  • Gettysburg Address
  • The North had decided to create a blockade in attempts to force the Con. into submission. This was the first naval battle of the Civil War. On March 9, 1862, the USS Monitor of the Union met with the Con.'s CSS Virginia (later rebuilt as the USS Merrimack). After 2 days of fighting, there was no winner.
  • Sherman's March to Sea
  • Union General Grant was waiting for reinforcements and trained his solders at Pittsburg Landings (near the TN River). On April 6, 1862, Con. Gen. Johnston launches a surprise attack on the Union, knowing if he waited, he'd face a much bigger army. After a second day of fighting, the Union came out winning.
  • Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse
  • After the Battle of Gettysburg, Abraham Lincoln gave a simple 272 word speech on November 19, 1863 in the National Cemetery.
  • During Nov. 15 to Dec. 21, 1864, Sherman captured Atlanta and led a destructive campaign which concluded with the capture of Savannah, a port city. It's known for its boldness and destructive to the Confederate advanced and possessions for the war.
  • On April 9, 1865, Lee surrendered to the Union. The last Confederate General was Joseph Johnston, who thought he could defeat the Union but was defeated by Sherman on April 26, 1865.
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