The first shots of the Civil War were fired at Fort Sumter. The newly seceded state of South Carolina attacked the Union's Fort Sumter in an attempt to gain control and push the Union Soldiers out. This battlemarked the beginning of the War.
April 12-14, 1861
The first major battle happened at Bull Run when Union General McDowell set troops to Bull Run Creek to attack Confederate General Beauregard's troops. The confederates were forced to retreat to Henry's Hill but defeated McDowell once reinforcements came via the railroad.
July 21, 1861
July 1-3, 1863
The Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War and was an attempt invasion of the Union by Confederate General, Robert E. Lee. It was fought for 3 days at Gettysburg, Virginia, and was a victory for the Union. This battle sparked President Lincoln's famous, "Gettysburg Address".
April 9, 1865
The Battle of the Appomatox Court House happened in 1865 at Appomattox, Virginia. General Lee's troops had become weak and outnumbered after many defeats, and once they were surrounded by Union troops, Lee finally surrendered at the Appomattox CourtHouse. This was one of he last battles and eventually led to the end of the War.