Civil War Timeline

Civil War Timeline

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  • Battle of Fort Sumter; April 12, 1861
  • Battle of Bull Run; July 21, 1861
  • Battle of New Orleans; April 24, 1862
  • Confederate forces bombarded the fort since they didn’t want any Union buildings on their land. Nobody died, but this battle started the death toll.
  • Siege of Corinth; April 29-May 30, 1862
  • General Irvin McDowell and 30,000 Union troops invaded Virginia. General Jackson and Beauregard defended the land with Confederate troops until Union forces retreated. 
  • Battle of Memphis; June 6, 1862
  • General David Farragut with Union forces captured Forts Jackson and St. Phillip. Farragut demanded the surrender of the Confederates in New Orleans, who had no choice but to listen to him.
  • Battle of Vicksburg; May 18-July 4, 1863
  • General Henry Halleck and his group of Union troops marched to Corinth to capture its crucial railroad. The Confederate forces there were a lot lower compared to the Union’s and were forced to retreat.
  • Confederate General Beauregard brought most of the troops from Memphis to Corinth after hearing of the Union forces there. The smaller number of troops left failed to defend against a Union naval attack from the Mississippi River and surrendered.
  • General Ulysses S. Grant bombarded Vicksburg for about 48 days. Confederate forces began to run low on food and had to surrender.
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