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Major Battles and Events. SOL U.S. I.9e. Fort Sumter. The firing on Fort Sumter , S.C. began the war. Battle of Manassas. The first Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) was the first major battle. BEFORE…. AFTER…. Emancipation Proclamation.

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fort sumter
Fort Sumter
  • The firing on Fort Sumter, S.C. began the war.
battle of manassas
Battle of Manassas
  • The first Battle of Manassas (Bull Run) was the first major battle.
emancipation proclamation
Emancipation Proclamation
  • The signing of the Emancipation Proclamation made “freeing the slaves” the new focus of the war. Many freed slaves joined the Union army.
battle of vicksburg
Battle Of Vicksburg
  • The Battle of Vicksburg divided the South; the North controlled the Mississippi River.
battle of gettysburg
Battle of Gettysburg
  • The Battle of Gettysburg was the turning point of the war; the North repelled Lee’s invasion.
appomattox court house
Appomattox Court House
  • Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House in 1865 ended the war.
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The Union blockade of southern ports (e.g., Savannah, Charleston, New Orleans)
  • Control of the Mississippi River (e.g., Vicksburg)
  • Battle locations influenced by the struggle to capture capital cities (e.g., Richmond; Washington D.C.)
  • Control of the high ground (e.g., Gettysburg)