Many people agree that the major cause of the civil war was the southern states' desire to preserve the institution of slavery .
Civil War Begins
November 6th 1860 Abraham Lincoln gets elected to run our nation. Lincoln was one of the most respected members of the Repulican Party. Lincoln was very well known in the North. Lincoln ran against John C. Breckinridge, Stephen A. Douglas, and John Bell. Lincoln won a plurality of the popular vote and a majority of the electoral votes.
The North and South disagreed about being able to own slaves or not.
Battle of Gettysburg
April 12th 1861 the war offically starts. The first shot fired was by the Confederate troops at Fort Sumter in Charleston,South Carolina.
The Battle of Gettysburg was the bloodest and with the most casulties war. This war is often described as the war's turning point. Lee went back to Virgina when the Pickets charge failed.