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Key Events 150 Years Ago

May 30, 1854

Kansas-Nebraska Act »

Oct 16, 1859

John Brown raids Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia) »

Nov 6, 1860

Abraham Lincoln elected 16th President of the United States »

Dec 20, 1860

South Carolina secedes from the Union »

Mar 4, 1861

Abraham Lincoln becomes 16th President of the United States »

Apr 12, 1861

Confederates in Charleston bombard Ft. Sumter »

Apr 22, 1861

Robert E. Lee becomes commander of Virginia forces »

Jul 21, 1861

War's first major battle erupts at Manassas (Bull Run), VA »

Aug 10, 1861

Battle of Wilson's Creek (Oak Hill), Missouri »

Oct 21, 1861

Battle of Ball's Bluff, Virginia »

Feb 16, 1862

Ft. Donelson unconditionally surrenders to Ulysses S. Grant »

Mar 7, 1862

Battle of Pea Ridge (Elkhorn Tavern), Arkansas »

Mar 9, 1862

USS Monitor and CSS Virginia battle at Hampton Roads, VA »

Mar 28, 1862

Battle at Glorieta Pass, New Mexico Territory »

Apr 6, 1862

Battle of Shiloh (Pittsburg Landing), Tennessee begins »

Jun 9, 1862

Battle of Port Republic, Virginia »

Jun 27, 1862

Battle of Gaines' Mill, Virginia »

Jul 1, 1862

Battle of Malvern Hill, Virginia »

Aug 29, 1862

Battle of Second Manassas (Bull Run), Virginia begins »

Sep 15, 1862

Capture of Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia) »

Sep 17, 1862

Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg), Maryland »

Oct 8, 1862

Battle of Perryville (Chaplin Hills), Kentucky »

Dec 13, 1862

Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia »

Dec 31, 1862

Battle of Stones River near Murfreesboro Tennessee »

Jan 1, 1863

Emancipation Proclamation signed »

May 1, 1863

Battle of Chancellorsville begins near Fredericksburg, Virginia »

May 16, 1863

Battle of Champion Hill, MIssissippi »

Jun 9, 1863

Battle of Brandy Station, Virginia »

Jul 1, 1863

Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania begins »

Jul 4, 1863

Confederates surrender Vicksburg, Mississippi »

Jul 18, 1863

Assault on Battery Wagner, led by the 54th Massachusetts »

Sep 19, 1863

Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia »

Nov 19, 1863

President Lincoln delivers the "Gettysburg Address" »

Nov 25, 1863

Battle of Missionary Ridge, Tennessee »

Feb 17, 1864

Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley sinks USS Housatonic »

May 5, 1864

Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia »

May 8, 1864

Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia »

May 14, 1864

Battle of Resaca, Georgia begins »

Jun 1, 1864

Major Union attack at Cold Harbor, Virginia »

Jun 19, 1864

USS Kearsarge sinks CSS Alabama near France »

Jun 27, 1864

Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia »

Jul 12, 1864

Early's raid of Fort Stevens, DC »

Jul 30, 1864

Battle of The Crater at Petersburg, Virginia »

Aug 5, 1864

Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama »

Sep 19, 1864

Battle of Third Winchester (Opequon), Virginia »

Oct 19, 1864

Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia »

Nov 8, 1864

Abraham Lincoln is re-elected President of the United States »

Nov 30, 1864

Battle of Franklin, Tennessee »

Dec 13, 1864

Storming of Fort McAllister, Georgia »

Jan 13, 1865

Second attack on Fort Fisher, North Carolina begins »

Jan 31, 1865

U.S. House passes 13th Amendment abolishing slavery »

Mar 4, 1865

Abraham Lincoln inaugurated for second term as President  »

Mar 19, 1865

Battle of Bentonville, North Carolina »

Mar 25, 1865

Battle at Fort Stedman, Virginia  »

Apr 1, 1865

Battle of Five Forks, Virginia »

Apr 6, 1865

Battle of Sayler's Creek (Sailor's Creek), Virginia »

Apr 9, 1865

Lee surrenders to Grant at Appomattox Court House »

Apr 14, 1865

Abraham Lincoln is shot at Ford's Theatre »

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150th Anniversary Features

Wilderness 150th Anniversary: The Wilderness

The opening battle of the Overland Campaign was fought at The Wilderness, May 5-7.

Learn more about The Wilderness »

Cold Harbor 150th Anniversary: Cold Harbor

The Battle of Cold Harbor was one of the Civil War's most dramatic and decisive engagements.

Learn more about Cold Harbor »

Mobile Bay 150th Anniversary: Mobile Bay

Battle of Mobile Bay is one of the iconic confrontations at sea during the Civil War.

Learn more about Mobile Bay »

Cedar Creek 150th Anniversary: Cedar Creek

The Battle of Cedar Creek was the climactic battle of the 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaign.

Learn more about Cedar Creek »

Franklin 150th Anniversary: Franklin

The Battle of Franklin was one of the bloodiest and longest charges of the Civil War.

Learn more about Franklin »

Sesquicentennial News

Give 150

Give 150

History™ invites you to help preserve and protect Civil War sites and stories through the Give 150™ national campaign. Donations will go directly to the Civil War Trust and the National Park Foundation.

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