Civil War

Articles on the American Civil War and the principle figures involved. Includes timelines and detailed descriptions.

Where did the Civil War Begin?

The Civil War started on the 12th of April, 1861 in Charleston Bay, South Carolina, when the Confederates opened fire on the Union-controlled Fort Sumter. Why Fort Sumter? After seven Southern states declared secession, South Carolina demanded that the United States...

Why Did the Battle of Gettysburg Happen?

The Battle of Gettysburg, which became the largest battle ever fought in the U.S., started out as a chance encounter between the Union and Confederate Forces. After his victory at Chancellorsville in Virginia, Confederate commander Lee decided to focus on invading the...

When Did the Civil War End?

The Civil War, which many refer to as the four bloodiest years in American history, came to an end in the spring of 1865, when Robert E. Lee and the last, major Confederate army surrendered at the Appomattox Courthouse to Ulysses S. Grant on April 9. Lee was actually...
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