Battles of the Civil War
Sumter April 12-14 1861: This Confederate attack
on federal property signaled the beginning of the war.
1st Bull Run
(Manassas) July 21, 1861: Pushed back by the forces of "Stonewall"
Jackson, the Union realized this war would not end in 90 days.
Roads - March 9, 1862: First attack between the Ironclads:
The Monitor and the Merrimac
April 6-7, 1862: Forced to abandon Kentucky and Tennessee,
Gen. Johnston chose Corinth, Mississippi to launch an offensive
against U.S. Grant and his Union troops.
Bull Run (Manassas) August 28-30, 1862: Confederates
force a Pope's Union forces to retreat allowing Lee to mount
September 16-18, 1862: Failing to finish off the outnumbered
Confederate army, McClellan allowed Lee's army to retreat into
December 11-15, 1862: Burnside's forces were repeatedly pushed
back by Lee's army who held a strong defensive position.
April 30-May 3, 1863: Stonewall Jackson was mortally wounded
during this battle which many consider Lee's greatest victory.
May 18-July4, 1863: In one of the most brilliant military campaigns,
Grant essentially divided the Confederates in half.
July 1-3, 1863: The turning point in the war after Lee mounted
an all-out offensive and was forced to retreat.
March to the Sea November 1864: Sherman incorporates
his view of "total war" to demoralize the South