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American Civil War: Atlanta Campaign

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  • 1860-12-20 South Carolina secedes from the Union (US Civil War)

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1861-01-01 President-elect of the United States Abraham Lincoln declares slavery in Confederate states unlawful (US Civil War)

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln
  • 1861-01-07 Florida troops takeover Fort Marion at St Augustine (US Civil War)
  • 1861-01-09 Mississippi secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • 1861-01-10 Fort Jackson & Fort Philip are taken over by LA state troops (US Civil War)
  • 1861-01-10 Florida secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • 1861-01-11 Alabama secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • 1861-01-12 Florida state troops demand surrender of Fort Pickens (US Civil War)
  • 1861-01-14 Fort Pikens, Florida, falls into state hands (US Civil War)
  • 1861-01-19 Misssissippi troops take Fort Massachusetts and Ship Island (US Civil War)
  • 1861-01-19 Georgia secedes from the Union (US Civil War)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1861-01-21 Jefferson Davis of Mississippi and 4 other southern senators resign (U.S Civil War)

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • 1861-01-26 Louisiana secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • 1861-01-31 State of Louisiana takes over US Mint at New Orleans (U.S Civil War)
  • 1861-02-01 Texas secedes from the Union (which precipitates the American Civil War)
  • 1861-02-04 Confederate constitutional convention meets for 1st time; Jefferson Davis elected President of Confederacy (US Civil War)
  • 1861-02-05 Louisiana delegation except Mr Bouligny withdraws from Congress (US Civil War)
  • 1861-02-06 1st meeting of Provisional Congress of Confederate States of America (US Civil War)
  • 1861-02-08 Confederate States of America organizes in Montgomery, Alabama (US Civil War)
  • 1861-02-09 Jefferson Davis & Alexander Stephens elected President & VP of the Confederate States of America (US Civil War)
  • 1861-02-09 Tennessee votes against secession (US Civil War)

AgreementConstitution of the United States

1861-02-09 Confederate Provisional Congress declares all laws under the US Constitution were consistent with constitution of Confederate states (US Civil War)

  • 1861-02-12 State troops seize US munitions in Napoleon, Arkansas, during the US Civil War
  • 1861-02-18 Confederate President Jefferson Davis inaugurated at Montgomery, Alabama (US Civil War)
  • 1861-02-20 Department of Navy of Confederacy forms (US Civil War)
  • 1861-03-04 Confederate States adopt "Stars & Bars" flag (US Civil War)
  • 1861-03-11 Confederate convention in Montgomery adopts constitution (US Civil War)
  • 1861-03-16 Arizona Territory votes to leave the Union (US Civil War)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1861-03-16 Edward Clark became Governor of Texas, replacing Sam Houston, who was evicted from the office for refusing to take an oath of loyalty to the Confederacy (US Civil War)

Texan Revolutionary Sam Houston
Texan Revolutionary
Sam Houston
  • 1861-03-31 Confederacy takes over mint at New Orleans (US Civil War)
  • 1861-04-08 US mint at Dahlonega, Georgia, seized by confederacy (US Civil War)
  • 1861-04-12 Fort Sumter, SC is shelled by Confederacy, starting Civil War
  • 1861-04-13 After 34 hours of bombardment, Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederates (US Civil War)
  • 1861-04-14 Formal Union surrender of Ft Sumter (US Civil War)
  • 1861-04-15 Federal army (75,000 volunteers) mobilized by US President Lincoln (US Civil War)
  • 1861-04-16 US president Lincoln outlaws business with confederate states (US Civil War)
  • 1861-04-17 Virginia secedes from the Union (US Civil War)
  • 1861-04-18 Battle of Harpers Ferry, Virginia, part of the Maryland Campaign (US Civil War)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1861-04-18 Colonel Robert E. Lee turns down offer to command Union armies (US Civil War)

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 1861-04-19 Lincoln orders blockade of Confederate ports (Civil War)
  • 1861-04-23 Robert E. Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces (US Civil War)
  • 1861-04-25 Battle of Lavaca, Texas (US Civil War)
  • 1861-04-25 The Union Army arrives to reinforce Washington, D.C. (US Civil War)
  • 1861-04-27 US President Abraham Lincoln suspends writ of habeas corpus (US Civil War)
  • 1861-04-27 West Virginia secedes from Virginia after Virginia secedes from Union (US Civil War)
  • 1861-04-29 Maryland's House of Delegates votes against seceding from Union (US Civil War)
  • 1861-04-30 President Lincoln ordered Federal Troops to evacuate Indian Territory (US Civil War)
  • 1861-05-03 Gen Winfield Scott presents his Anaconda Plan for the North against the South in American Civil War
  • 1861-05-16 Twiggs Surrender, San Antonio, Texas during US Civil war
  • 1861-05-20 Kentucky proclaims its neutrality in Civil War
  • 1861-06-01 1st skirmish in Civil War, Fairfax Court House, Va
  • 1861-06-01 British territorial waters & ports off-limits during Civil War
  • 1861-06-03 1st Civil War land battle-Union defeats Confederacy at Philippi, WV
  • 1861-06-08 American Civil War: Tennessee votes to secede from the Union.
  • 1861-07-16 Battle of Bull Run, the 1st major battle of the Civil War, is fought
  • 1861-07-21 1st major battle of Civil War ends (Bull Run), Va - South wins
  • 1861-08-10 Battle of Wilson's Creek (Oak Hills) Missouri during US Civil War - General Lyon killed
  • 1861-08-29 American Civil War: US Navy squadron captures forts at Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina.
  • 1861-09-13 1st naval battle of Civil War, Union frigate "Colorado" sinks privateer "Judah" off Pensacola, Fla
  • 1861-10-25 First Battle of Springfield in Missouri during US Civil War, Union victory
  • 1861-11-02 American Civil War: Western Department Union General John C. Fremont is relieved of command and replaced by David Hunter.
  • 1861-11-07 Battle of Port Royal Bay - Union forces capture Fort Walker and Fort Beauregard during US Civil War,
  • 1861-12-09 American Civil War: The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War is established by the U.S. Congress.
  • 1861-12-19 Battle of Black Water (American Civil War)
  • 1862-01-01 Battle of Port Royal Ferry, South Carolina (US Civil War)
  • 1862-03-03 Union forces under General Pope lay siege to New Madrid, Missouri (US Civil War)
  • 1862-03-31 Civil War action at Island #10 on Mississippi River
  • 1862-04-04 Battle of Yorktown (US Civil War) begins
  • 1862-04-04 US begins Peninsular Campaign aimed at capturing Richmond during US Civil War
  • 1862-04-29 New Orleans falls to Union forces during US Civil War
  • 1862-05-01 Major General Benjamin Butler's Union forces occupy New Orleans in US Civil War
  • 1862-06-02 Robert E. Lee takes command of Confederate armies of North Virgin during US Civil War
  • 1862-06-30 Battle at Nelson's Farm/Glendale/Frayser's Farm, Virginia: Confederate assault attack. 6th day of 7 days battles US Civil War
  • 1862-07-01 US Civil War: Day 7 of 7 Days-Battle of Malvern Hill (Poindexter's Farm) Union forces repel Confederate attack
  • 1862-07-13 Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee (Forrest's Raid) US895 CS150 (US Civil War)
  • 1862-08-09 Battle of Cedar Mountain VA during US Civil War (Slaughter Mountain, Southwest Mountain)
  • 1862-08-29 2nd Battle of Bull Run Va (Manassas) during US Civil War
  • 1862-09-14 Skirmish at Fox's Gap, American Civil War
  • 1862-09-17 Battle of Antietam, bloodiest day in the American Civil War (Sharpsburg Md), 23,110 die
  • 1862-09-17 American Civil War: The Allegheny Arsenal explosion results in the single largest civilian disaster during the war; 78 workers killed.
  • 1862-09-30 First Battle of Newtonia (American Civil War), Newton County, Missouri
  • 1862-12-31 -Jan 20th) Battle of Stone's River/Battle of Murfreesboro, Tennesse in American Civil War
  • 1863-01-08 American Civil War: Second Battle of Springfield
  • 1863-01-17 Civil War skirmish near Newtown, Virginia
  • 1863-01-26 American Civil War: Massachusetts Governor receives permission from Secretary of War to raise a militia organization for men of African descent (54th Massachusetts Regiment)
  • 1863-01-31 1st black Civil War regiment, SC Volunteers, mustered into US army

Victory in battleVictory in Battle

1863-04-30 -5/1] Battle of Snyder's Bluff, Virginia (part of the Vicksburg Campaign of the American Civil War): General Sherman beaten by Confederate forces

  • 1863-05-14 American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson, MS takes place.
  • 1863-05-28 1st black regiment (54 Mass) leaves Boston to fight in Civil War
  • 1863-08-08 American Civil War: Tennessee's "military" Governor Andrew Johnson frees his personal slaves. Celebrated as a holiday by Tennessee African Americans (early 20th century)
  • 1863-09-20 Civil War Battle of Chickamauga, near Chattanooga Tenn, ends
  • 1863-11-03 Battle of Grand Coteau in Southwestern Louisiana in the American Civil War
  • 1864-01-27 Civil War skirmish at Kelly's Ford, Va
  • 1864-02-20 Civil War battle of Olustee, Florida
  • 1864-04-09 Union surgeon Mary Edwards Walker is captured by Confederate troops and arrested as a spy during US Civil War.
  • 1864-05-06 US Civil War: Battle of Port Walthall Junction, VA

BattleBattle of Interest

1864-05-06 US Civil War: Battle of Wilderness - Confederate General longstreet seriously injured

Confederate General James Longstreet
Confederate General
James Longstreet

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1807-01-19 Robert E. Lee, Stratford Virginia, American Confederate General in Chief during US Civil War, (d. 1870)

Confederate General Robert E. Lee
Confederate General
Robert E. Lee
  • 1809-11-13 John AB Dahlgren, US Union lt adm/inventor (Civil war Dahlgren-cannon)
  • 1815-08-29 Anna Ella Carroll, US, civil war writer (Reconstruction)
  • 1826-04-26 Ambrose R. Wright, American Civil War General (d. 1872
  • 1832-02-27 Alfred Pollard Edward, Civil War journalist, (d. 1872)
  • 1832-11-26 Mary Edwards Walker, American doctor/women's rights leader and only woman to receive Medal of Honor (bravery during Civil War)
  • 1833-11-09 Sally Louisa Tompkins, nurse and philanthropist, only woman commissioned in Confederate army during US Civil War, born in Mathews City, Virginia (D. 1916)
  • 1837-06-17 Vincent Strong, civil war fighter, (d. 1863)
  • 1841-01-30 Alfred Townsend George, Civil War journalist, (d. 1914)
  • 1841-11-13 Edward Burd Grubb, American Civil War Brevet Brigadier General (d. 1913)
  • 1842-03-28 William Harvey Carney, American Civil War officier (d. 1908)
  • 1842-10-28 Anna Elizabeth Dickinson, orator (Joan of Arc of the Civil War)
  • 1842-11-14 Walter Williams, claimed to be last survivor of Civil War (d 1959)
  • 1843-12-23 Richard Conner, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (d. 1924)
  • 1844-06-01 John J. Toffey, American Civil War hero (d. 1911)
  • 1846-02-14 Julian Scott, American artist and Civil War Medal of Honor recipient. (d. 1901)
  • 1899-10-09 Bruce Catton, US, historian/writer (Civil War)
  • 1902-10-25 Henry Steele Commager, American historian (Atlas of Civil War), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1953-07-29 Ken Burns [Kenneth Lauren], American director and documentary film producer (The Civil War, Baseball), born in Brooklyn, New York

Famous Deaths

  • 1862-09-01 Oliver Tilden, of the Bronx, killed in Civil War in Virginia

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1863-05-10 Thomas Jackson, ["Stonewall"], Confederate general (Civil War), dies at 39

Confederate General Stonewall Jackson
Confederate General
Stonewall Jackson
  • 1863-11-24 Claudius Charles Wilson, Confederate brig-gen during American Civil War, dies of fever at camp in Ringgold, Georgia
  • 1864-10-26 "Bloody Bill" Anderson, American Civil War Pro-Confederate rebel guerrilla leader, killed by union troops at 24 or 25
  • 1869-07-15 A J Haynes, US army captain and civil war veteren, assassinated by KKK
  • 1870-02-14 St. John Richardson Liddell, American Civil War Confederate General (b. 1815)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1891-02-14 William Tecumseh Sherman, Union Civil War General, dies at 71

  • 1896-01-15 Matthew B Brady, US photographer (Civil War), dies at about 72
  • 1898-03-11 William Rosecrans, American Civil War Union general (b. 1819)
  • 1901-09-25 Arthur Fremantle, British general and American Civil War observer (b. 1835)
  • 1911-03-13 John J. Toffey, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (b. 1844)
  • 1913-07-07 Edward Burd Grubb, American Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General (b.1841)
  • 1914-02-24 Joshua Chamberlain, Civil War hero for the Union on Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg
  • 1915-09-13 Andrew L. Harris, American Civil War hero and Governor of Ohio (b. 1835)
  • 1916-01-03 Grenville M. Dodge, American Civil War Union Army Major General (b. 1831)
  • 1918-03-20 Lewis A. Grant, American Civil War General (b. 1828)
  • 1919-02-21 Mary Edwards Walker, American surgeon and feminist, only woman awarded Medal of Honor (US Civil War), dies at 86
  • 1920-04-29 William Henry Seward, Jr., Union Brigadier General in the American Civil War (b. 1839)
  • 1924-11-04 Richard Conner, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient (b. 1843)
  • 1959-03-16 John Sailling, last documented Civil War vet, dies at 111
  • 1959-12-19 Walter Williams, claimed to be last survivor of Civil War, dies at 117
  • 1978-08-28 Bruce Catton, US historian/writer (Civil War), dies at 78
  • 1998-03-02 Henry Steele Commager, American historian (Atlas of Civil War), dies at 95