Major Battles of the Civil War

By: Morgan Merritt

Battle of Bull Run

The Battle of Bull Run occurred on July 21, 1861 and it was the first battle of the Civil War. It was a union army,consisting of 28,000 men fighting 33,000 confederates. This battle took place in Bull Run Creek, Manassas VA and proved that this would not be a one sided war for either side, as was predicted. The battle spurred a sense of victory in the South, pushing them on, and in the North a feeling for revenge.

The Battle of Hampton Roads: The Ironclads

The Battle of Hampton Roads was the first battle of iron-armored battleships and it occurred March 9, 1862. It was history's first duel between ironclad warships and the beginning of a new era of naval warfare.

The Battle of Gettysburg

This battle occurred July 1-3, 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This battle was between the Union and Confederate forces.

The Battle of Chancellorville

This battle occurred April 30-May 6, 1863. This was considered to be Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's greatest victory during the American Civil War.