April 19, 1861- Abraham Lincoln announces the Union Blockade where the Union Navy will attempt to keep supplies from entering or leaving the Confederacy. This blockade will weaken the Confederacy later in the war.
1861 and 1862 - there were many battles where lots of soldiers from both sides were wounded and killed. Some of the major battles include the First and Second Battles of Bull Run, and The Battle of Shiloh,
Jan. 1, 1863- President Lincoln issues an executive order freeing many slaves and laying the groundwork for the Thirteenth Amendment.
After Richmond was finally captured, the North and South met in the Appomattox Courthouse. There, the southern army surrendered to the northern army, ending the Civil War.