Civil War Timeline

Civil War Timeline

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  • April 12, 1861:  Confederate forces under control of General Pierre Beauregard fire on Fort Sumter, marking the start of the Civil War.
  • April 15, 1861:  President Abraham Lincoln issues a Proclamation calling for 75,000 militiamen to serve for 3 months, due to the bombardment and surrender of Fort Sumter.
  • April 17, 1861:  Due to this powerful and significant Proclamation, Virginia decided to secede from the Union.
  • April 20, 1861:  Robert E. Lee declines command to the Union command army, due to his involuntary surrender to the newly seceded Texans.
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