Union and Confederate armies clashed near Manassas Junction, Virginia on July 21, 1861. Over 55,000 troops collided near a river called Bull Run. This was marked the first major battle for the war. The rebels rallied and were able to break the Union right flank, sending them running off. This gave the Confederates victory and more confidence, letting the Union know this wasn't going to be a easy battle.
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Stonewall Jackson was a war hero and one of the South's most successful generals during the war from 1861 to 65. The first battle of Manassas, Jackson earned his nickname "Stonewall" for his quick thinking on the battlefield. He charged his army ahead to bridge a gap in defensive line against Union attack, he exclaimed, "There is a Jackson standing like a stone wall", as a result he was promoted to General.
The Battle of Antietam occurred on September 17, 1862 in Maryland. This was the culmination of Lee's attempt to invade North. The battle's outcome would be vital to shaping America's future, and it remains the deadliest one-day battle in all American military history. Giving the North the victory. As a result, Lincoln was ready to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Emancipation Proclamation was issued after the victory of Antietam.Although the Proclamation didn't end slavery, it captured the hearts and imagination of millions of Americans and fundamentally transformed the character of the war.Moreover, it allowed acceptance of black men in the Union army.The Proclamation confirmed the war for the Union must become a war for freedom. It added moral force to the Union causing strength in the Union both militarily and politically.
The 54th Massachusetts Infantry was born after the issue of the Emancipation Proclamation stating black men were able to serve for their Union to get closer to abolishing slavery. More than 1,000 men volunteered to serve, coming from different states. This infantry brought the nation one step closer to free the slaves.
The Battle of Gettysburg, fought from July, 1 through the third, is considered the most important engagement of the war. The Union had won in a major turning point, stopping Lee's invasion on North to try to end the war. The Northern victory and Lincoln's Gettysburg address revived Northern resolve to win the war and preserve the Union.