American Civil War

The American Civil War 1861 – 1865

The Civil War in the United Stated of America was fought primarily to end slavery. The government, with President Abraham Lincoln, had voted in favor of abolishment of slavery on the 22nd of September in 1862. The decree, called Emancipation Proclamation – read (paraphrased):
“From the 1st of January 1863 all slaves where to be released and to be considered free people”.

The Civil War started the 12th of April 1861. Shortly after the inauguration of President Lincoln (the first Republican candidate to take office) in March 1861. The Southern states attacked Fort Sumter, Charleston, South Carolina. President Lincoln had ordered a resupply of Fort Sumter on April 12th and this moved the Southern State’s to start the war and have their artillery fire the first shot.

The Civil War State Map
The Civil War States Map
ColourState Loyalty
YellowBorder States
GrayExpansion Territory

For detailed information about the warring parties: click here

People of the American Civil War, click a name for more information

Abraham LincolnJefferson Davis
Ulysses S. GrantRobert E. Lee
Nathaniel BanksStonewall Jackson
George McclellanNathan Bedford Forrest
General William T. ShermanJames Longstreet
Robert AndersonGeorge Pickett
George CusterJ.E.B. Stuart

April 1865 was a momentous month in American history. On April 9, the Confederate army under Robert E. Lee surrendered to the Union forces of Ulysses S. Grant, effectively ending the Civil War. Then on April 14 — 150 years ago today — the victorious President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. The Civil War is often called the Second American Revolution. It ended the scourge of slavery while boosting the relative economic power of the North over the South. Here are 37 maps that explain the origins of the war, why the North won, and how the war transformed the United States of America.

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