"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 declare war.
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).
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.
1863 - The Civil War Rages On
The Battle of Gettysburg became an insurmountable loss for the Confederacy and a huge blow in garnering much-needed foreign support.
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.
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 Appomattox Courthouse.
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.
Civil War bullets
The Civil War was a mass concentration of varying gun types, both long and short, which led to an equally varied group of bullets being used.
Battle of Fort Sumter (1861)
The Federal fort - Fort Sumter - located along South Carolina's beautiful coast, marked the official beginning of the American Civil War.
Vicksburg (1863)
The siege, and ultimate taking of the city of Vicksburg by Union forces, was a requirement of achieving total victory over the South.