Civil War Chronology

1862 - July, 2
Congress enacts the “Ironclad Test Oath” Read more »
1862 - May, 30
Siege of Corinth Ends - The Siege of Corinth, also known as the First Battle of Corinth or the Battle of Corinth I, was a Union offensive led by Major General Henry Halleck aimed at capturing the vital Confederate rail center at Corinth, Mississippi. Read more »
1862 - April, 29
Siege of Corinth Begins - The Siege of Corinth, also known as the First Battle of Corinth or the Battle of Corinth I, was a Union offensive led by Major General Henry Halleck aimed at capturing the vital Confederate rail center at Corinth, Mississippi. Halleck's operations began on April 29, 1862 when he dispatched 125,000 soldiers from Pittsburg and Hamberg landings in three wings toward Corinth. By May 25, Halleck's force was close enough to Corinth to begin shelling the Confederate defenses and lay siege to the town. The 65,000 Confederate defenders, commanded by General P.G.T. Beauregard, were running out of water and many of them were wounded or wracked by disease. Outnumbered nearly two to one, Beauregard, realizing how tenuous his position was, evacuated the town and executed an elaborate hoax to save his army. Although Halleck captured Corinth, Beauregard's army survived to fight another day. Read more »
1862 - April, 29
Halleck Begins Advance on Corinth, Mississippi
1862 - April, 25
New Orleans Falls to Union Troops
1862 - April, 16
South Begins Conscription - President Jefferson Davis signed a conscription act passed by the Confederate that instituted a draft in the South.
1862 - April, 10
Federal Troops Begin Bombardment of Fort Pulaski
1862 - April, 10
Fort Pulaski Surrenders
1862 - April, 7
Battle of Shiloh Ends
1862 - April, 6
Battle of Shiloh Begins
1862 - April, 6
Albert Sidney Johnston is Killed at Shiloh
1862 - April, 5
Army of the Potomac Arrives at Yorktown, Virginia
1862 - February, 13
Congress authorizes the construction of a system of fortifications to protect the District of Columbia from Confederate attack
1862 - January, 10
Battle of Middle Creek
1861 - December, 31
Battle of Stones River, First Day
1861 - December, 9
Congress forms the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War
1861 - September, 3
Confederates Occupy Columbus, Kentucky. - Confederate General Leonidas Polk commits a major political blunder by occupying Columbus, in the previously neutral state of Kentucky Read more »
1861 - August, 6
Congress passes First Confiscation Act Read more »
1861 - April, 30
Forces led by Colonel Thomas J. Jackson Occupy Harper's Ferry
1861 - April, 29
Second Session of the Confederate Provisional Congress Convenes
1861 - April, 27
President Lincoln declares martial law in Maryland and suspends the writ of habeas corpus if necessary to control rebellion.
1861 - April, 23
Robert E. Lee Assumes Command of the Virginia State Forces
1861 - April, 20
Robert E. Lee Resigns from the United States Army
1861 - April, 19
6th Massachusetts is Attacked in Baltimore Maryland
1861 - April, 19
President Lincoln Authorizes Blockading Southern Ports. - After the fall of Fort Sumter, President Lincoln authorized a naval blockade of all Southern ports, a move advocated by General Winfield Scott as part of the Anaconda Plan. Read more »
1861 - April, 19
Baltimore Riot of 1861 - Confederate sympathizers clashed with members of the Massachusetts militia en route to Washington for Federal service. Four soldiers and twelve civilians were killed in the riot. Read more »
1861 - April, 18
Federal Troops Evacuate Harper's Ferry, Virginia - Federal Troops Evacuate Harper's Ferry, Virginia
1861 - April, 17
Virginia Secedes from the Union - Virginia becomes the 8th state to secede from the Union. Read more »
1861 - April, 15
President Abraham Lincoln Calls for Militia Read more »
1861 - April, 14
Union forces evacuate Fort Sumter. - After surrendering Fort Sumter on the previous day, the Union garrison boarded ships and evacuated the site. Read more »

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