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1861 - The War Between the States
1861 saw the official beginning of the 'War Between the States' and covered such clashes as Fort Sumpter and 1st Bull Run (known to the South as 1st Manassas).
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1862 - A New Year No Less Bloody
The second year of the American Civil War recorded such classic operations as the Henry-Donelson, Shenendoah, Missisiippi River and the Peninsular campaigns.
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1863 - The Civil War Rages On
The Battle of Gettysburg which proved a tremendous loss for the Confederacy and a huge blow in garnering foreign support for the Southern Cause.
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1864 - The Beginning of the End
War year 1864 was dotted with such battle names as Atlanta, Spotsylvania, Franklin and Nashville. The Union continued to make progress.
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1865 - Tallying Up the Losses
The final months of the war saw the Union claim the ultimate victory. The war ended with the Confederate surrender at the Appomattox Courthouse.
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Battle of Gettysburg (1863)
The Battle of Gettysburg resulted in a stunning Union victory, a Confederate retreat and a shift in war fortunes for both sides.
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"If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher." - Abraham Lincoln

The American Civil War, spanning from 1861 to 1865, marked the bloodiest conflict in American history. The new war was a complex one, wrapped around the issues of slavery, economy and state's rights. One-by-one, southern states would secede from the Union prompting the North to finally delcare war.