Major Battles of the Civil War

Importance of seven major battles of the Civil War.

Seven Days Battle

Took place in richmond Virginia , the union army was led by George B. McClellan and was over 100,00 men strong. The confederates led by Robert E. Lee drove the union away and confederates won the battle in seven days.

Antietam Creek

The battle at Antietam Creek was fought in Washington County, Maryland September 16-18, 1862. Nearly 100,000 troops faced each other in this battle and 24,000 ended as casualties. The Union won this battle which meant the confederates loss took their help from England and France. This battle became a significant part of history due to the tremendous amount of life lost no other day in American history has been so deadly.


The battle of Shiloh occurred April 6-7, 1862 in Harding County Tennessee. This could have been a huge victory for the confederacy however, with the large amount of lost lives on both sides leaders began to think the Civil War would not end quickly.


Fought September 19-20,1863. This battle ended the union in southeast Tennessee and northwest Georgia which was also known during this time as the Chickamauga Campaign. It was the first major battle of the war that was fought in Georgia.

Battle of Stones River

This battle was fought from December 31, 1862 through January 2, 1863 in Tennessee. Of all the battles in the civil war this particular battle had the highest amount of deaths on both the union and confederate side. The confederate realized they were outnumbered and their artillery wasn't as efficient as the union they withdrew their army on January 3.

Bull Run

The Battle of Bull run was the first battle fought in the Civil War. A union army consisting if 28,000 men fought 33,000 confederates on July 21, 1861. The battle was fought at Bull Run Creek, in Manassas Virginia. Confederates won this battle which spurred a sense of victory in the south.

The Siege of Vicksburg

On the day of May18- july 24, 1863, the battle of Vicksburg occurred In Warren County Mississippi near the Mississippi river. This battle caused the Confederacy to split in half.