Important battles of the Civil War

Important battles of the Civil War

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  • Firing on Fort Sumter
  • Battle of Antietam
  • Siege of Vicksburg
  • The battle of Fort Sumter began on April 12-13, 1861, at Charleston Harbor in South Carolina. It all began when the Confederate Army wanted the Union to leave the fort. The Union refused so the Confederate Army attacked. The Union commander (Major Robert Anderson) told them to retreat from the fort. This battle was a victory Confederate Army.    
  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • The Battle the Antietam began on September 17, 1862, at Sharpsburg, Maryland. This all began when the Union tried to prevent the Confederate army from having an invasion. The Union ended up in victory and led Abraham Lincoln to write the Emancipation Proclamation. This was known as the most bloodiest battle in history.        
  • Battle of Gettysburg
  • The Siege of Vicksburg began on May 16- July 4, 1863, in Vicksburg Mississippi. The battle lasted for 48 days. This all started because the Union wanted to take control of the Mississippi River and cut the Confederate army in half. The Union won the battle and it was the most successful victory that the Union ever had.         
  • Lee's Surrender at Appomattox Court House
  •  A proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. This document stated to free some of the slaves from the Confederacy. Not a lot of the slaves were released due to the Confederacy having control over their territory. Lincoln also thought he did not have enough power to do so. This weakened the Confederacy and turned the war into a war of salvation.       
  • The Battle of Gettysburg began on July 1-3 1863, in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. This battle was established because of the Confederate army wanting to do a second invasion. The Union and their commander (General Grant) had their second victory in battle. The Confederate army and their commander (Robert E. Lee) retreated back to Virginia.      
  • The surrender of the Confederate Army was on April 9, 1865 in Appomattox Court House, Virginia. This event led the Union to victory. They had the Confederacy leave armed with their weapons and horses. After 4 years, the Union was saved and they released all the slaves out of the Confederacy.     
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