Civil War Timeline of Key Events
|November 1860||Abraham Lincoln elected president
|December 20, 1860||Over the issue of balance of free states
states and state rights, South Carolina secedes and leaves the Union.
|February 1861||Eleven (11) Southern states secede from the United
States and forms their own country, The Confederate States
of America. The president elected to head this new country is Jefferson Davis.
|April 12, 1861||The South attacks Fort Sumter. The American Civil War
|June 1, 1862||Robert E Lee is selected as the new general-in-chief of
the Confederate armies.
|January 1, 1863||
President's Lincoln announces the Emancipation Proclamation. This Proclamation is printed in newspapers and posted throughout the Union to help spread the word.
|April 9, 1865||The Civil War ends when General Lee, who did
not want his men to die in a war no longer possible to win, surrenders at
the Appomattox Court House in Virginia.
|April 15, 1865||President Lincoln is shot and killed by John Wilkes