Civil War Battles

By: Sam Studer

Fort Sumter

  • Was located in the Charleston Harbor
  • Union soldiers guarded/were in the fort
  • Thursday, April 11, 1861- Confederate soldiers opened fire
  • General Robert Anderson surrendered on Saturday, April 13
  • No casualties were killed


  • The dawn of September 17, Maj. General Joseph Hooker’s Union soldiers mounted a powerful assault on the Confederates left flank
  • Battle took place in Maryland
  • Neither army fought at night; instead they intended their wounded
  • The single most bloodiest battle


  • One of the more remarkable campaigns
  • Union forces weakened the Confederate forces as they moved in rapidly
  • Confederate general John C. Pemberton surrendered on July 4, 1863


  • General Robert E. Lee wanted to threaten the Northern cities
  • The 2 armies collided west & north of the town on July 1, 1863
  • The Union defeated a fishhook-shaped range of hills & ridges south of Gettysburg with 90,000 soldiers
  • July 2, General Robert E. Lee launched a heavy assault on the Union’s left flank
  • After 4 months of battle, President Lincoln honored the fallen Union soldiers in the historic Gettysburg Address

Sherman's March to the Sea

  • General Sherman led 100,000 men into the southern city of Atlanta
  • After establishing control of Atlanta, General Sherman decided to march to Savannah, Georgia and take control of the sea port there
  • When Sherman arrived in Savannah, the small Confederate force that was there fled and the mayor of Savannah surrendered with little fight
  • After taking Savannah, General Sherman wrote a letter to President Lincoln telling him he had captured Savannah as a Christmas gift to the president

Fort Fisher

  • Was located in the Outer Banks of North Carolina
  • The Union was supported by a naval force of nearly 60 vessels, to renew operations against the fort
  • January 13, Union forces landed and prepared an attack on Maj. Gen. Robert Hoke's infantry line
  • Confederate garrison surrendered, opening the way for a Federal thrust against Wilmington, the South's last open seaport on the Atlantic coast

Appomattox Court House

  • Approximately 9,000 men under Gordon and Fitzhugh Lee deployed in the fields west of the village before dawn and waited
  • General Bryan Grimes of North Carolina launched a attack before 8 a.m., it was initially successful
  • Lee ordered his troops to retreat through the village and back across the Appomattox River
  • After the war happened, a formal peace treaty was never signed by the combatants


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