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April 12th 1861 Battle of Fort Sumter - The battle of Fort Sumter was the first battle in the Civil War. Confederate soldiers made the first shot, by shelling the union fort. No deaths were reported in this battle, and there is no defined winner.
May 21st 1861 South Carolina Secedes - South Carolina seceded from the Union, when Lincoln came into office and made a statement saying that he will not allow slavery to move west. South Carolina was the first out of 11 states to secede.
July 21st 1861 Battle of Bull Run - The Battle of Bull Run also know as Manassas, was the first major land battle in the war. This showed that both sides had well trained soldiers and it was going to be a long bloody war. Union retreated resulting in a confederate victory.
April 6-7 1862 Battle of Shiloh - General Ulysses S. Grant lead the Union troops, until they were surprised by a group of Confederate soldiers. This was ONE of the bloodiest wars, and is significant because the US's future president served as a general.
September 17th 1872 Battle of Antietam - Single bloodiest day throughout the entire war, with 23,000 deaths and injuries. Lee marched north hoping for a northern victory but, the Union found out his plan. Lee retreated leading to another Union victory.
July 1st-3rd 1865 Battle of Gettysburg - This is the turning point of the war, both sides get reinforcements and General Lee's Confederate troops surrounds General Meade's Union troops. Things look good for the confederate the first day but by the third day the Union get reinforcements and win the battle.
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