Civil War Battles

By Erik Ludlow

Battle of Fort Sumter

On Thursday April 11th PGT Beauregard dispatched aides to make Anderson in Ford Sumter surrender, Anderson refused. Confederacy fired on Fort Sumter at 4:30 AM in the morning, firing went on for 34 hours. The Union in Fort Sumter did not have enough ammunition for an equal battle. The began there firing at 7:00 AM. Firing continued all day. Anderson surrendered on April 13th. No soldier had been killed. They help a 50 gun salute before evacuating the Fort


On September 16th 1862, George B McClellan confronted Robert E Lee’s army in Sharpsburg, Maryland. They landed a powerful assault the next day, which started the battle of Antietam. It was one of the bloodiest days. Many attacks and Counter attacks continued Millers Con-field and the West Woods. The Union had an advantage, though the Confederacy could still hold there ground. The Union had a advantage in the center of the battle after a bread battle for position, it was not followed up by more advances. The Union corps pushed the Confederacy army across a bullet-strewn stone bridge over Antietam Creek and with some difficulty managed to imperil the Confederate right. At a crucial moment, A.P. Hill’s division arrived from Harpers Ferry, and counterattacked, driving back Burnside and saving the day for the Army of Northern Virginia.


It was one of the more remarkable campaigns of the Civil War. For many a hard fought month, Ulysses S. Grant and his Army of the Tennessee had been trying to wrest away the strategic Confederate river fortress of Vicksburg, Mississippi. In April 1863, Grant undertook a new and bold campaign against Vicksburg and the Confederate defenders to John Pemberton.After the surprise landing there they moved inland very quickly turning there sights of Vicksburg. Many victories at Champion Hill and Big Black Bridge leaving no Confederacy to choice but to retreat back to Vicksburg.