I fear the Union might be advancing. I say we attack.
Battle of Shiloh April 6-7, 1862
By: Angelina Reeder
Battle of Vicksburg May 18 - July 4, 1863
On April 12, 1861, Confederate soldiers lead by Robert Anderson fired what is considered the first shots of the war on Fort Sumter. There were no deaths during the bombing, but this ended up marking the start of the Civil War.
Battle of Gettysburg July 1 - 3, 1863
About a year after the war was started by the bombing of Fort Sumter forces under S. Grant had wanted to take over the Mississippi river ports after the Union took control of the forts Henry and Donelson. Since the Confederate forces under General Johnston feared Union advances they decided to attack the Union forces that were camped at Shiloh Church, April 6th. In the end the Confederate forces were driven back to Corinth.
Civil War Timeline
Once a year had passed after the battle of Shiloh left a bigger opening for claiming the Mississippi since the Union drove the Confederacy forces under General Johnston back to Cornith, General Ulysses S. Grant along with Union forces attacked Vicksburg in the spring and summer of 1863 led an attack on Vicksburg because of its economical importance and how it would split the Confederacy into two parts. The Confederate forces resisted 48 days before surrendering.
Two months after the battle of Vicksburg had started, Union forces that were under the command of George Meade battled the Confederate forces under Robert E. Lee for three days. As a result the Union won leaving a crushing blow to the Confederate forces who had wanted to assert themselves in the North while some other forces were occupied in the battle of Vicksburg, unable to help.