Civil War Timeline

Timeline created by Alyssa Wagner
In History
  • Missouri Compromise

    Missouri Compromise
    Effort to balance out the slave and free states in the US.
  • Nat Turner Slave Rebellion

    Nat Turner Slave Rebellion
    A slave rebellion that set off a massacre of up to 200 black people and led a new wave of oppression.
  • War with Mexico

    War with Mexico
    Started with a dispute over the Texas and Mexico border, fights broke out, the US got greedy which led to a War with Mexico.
  • Wilmot Proviso

    Wilmot Proviso
    Proposal to prohibit slavery in the land gained by the Mexican American War.
  • compromise of 1850

    compromise of 1850
    series of laws passed that dealt with the issue of slavery. Admitted California as a free state and created new territories of New Mexico and Utah.
  • Fugitive Slave Act

    Fugitive Slave Act
    Part of the Compromise of 1850, promised that any run away slaves that were caught in the north had to be returned to their owner in the south.
  • Publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin

    Publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin
    A book written by Harriet Beecher Stowe that describe the life on a plantation for a slave. Made a lot of people realize how inhumane slavery was.
  • Kansas-Nebraska Act

    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    An act that declared Kansas and Nebraska a "popular sovereignty" territory which allowed the owners of land to decide whether or not slavery was allowed.
  • Bleeding Kansas

    Bleeding Kansas
    Bleeding Kansas was a series of violent events fought over the issue of slavery. This led to major conflict and one of the events that led to the civil war.
  • Dred Scott Decision

    Dred Scott Decision
    Dred Scott was a slave that sued the Supreme Court for his freedom due to the fact that he was held illegally in a free state which would mean he should be deemed free. After gone through the whole system they decided since Scott was a slave, he did not have citizenship, which means he could not sue in the first place.
  • John Browns Raid on Harpers Ferry

    John Browns Raid on Harpers Ferry
    John Brown was an abolitionist that believed he was put on this earth to end slavery. Him and his sons planned a slave revolt where they invaded a US arsenal and tried to gather slaves to unite with him. No slaves showed up and they lost the revolt.
  • Abraham Lincoln Elected President

    Abraham Lincoln Elected President
    Lincoln led the Republican Party to a victory in the election of 1860. This angered the southerners because none of them voted for him due to the fact that he does not support slavery.
  • South Carolina Secedes

    South Carolina Secedes
    South Carolina was the first slave state to secede from the union right after Lincoln one the election. They blamed it on the hostility of the non slave holding states and decided they would be better off on their own.
  • Formation of the Confederate States of America

    Formation of the Confederate States of America
    The six seceded states joined in Montgomery, Alabama to formally establish a new government called the Confederate States of America.
  • Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter
    Fort Sumter was where the first shots of the civil war were set off. This led to a long bloody war between the Union and the Confederacy.
  • Antietam

    This battle was a victory for the Union which gave Lincoln confidence to propose his Emancipation Proclamation which turned the French and British away from the Confederacy.
  • Vicksburg

    This battle gave control of the Mississippi River to the Union which also helped in the major turning point of the war.
  • Gettysburg

    This battle was the main turning point of the war for the Union. Robert E Lee's big plan was exposed to the Union and ended up being a big fail.
  • Appomattox Courthouse

    Appomattox Courthouse
    This battle was where Robert E Lee and the Confederate States of America surrendered to the Union and ended the civil war.