American Civil War Timeline
The American Civil War lasted for four years, from 1861-1865. It began after Abraham Lincoln was elected the President of the United States. It was a known fact that Abraham Lincoln opposed slavery and since the Southern states indulged in slavery, they feared that Lincoln may not treat them fairly and gradually one by one they started seceding from the United States.
There were 11 states in all that seceded and they went on to form the Confederate States of America.
During his inauguration speech, Lincoln hinted that he was not ready to accept the secession and hoped that things would be settled amicably without any war. But this was not to happen because in April 1861 when the President sent supplies to Fort Sumter, the Confederates did not trust him and thought that this was a trick on his part. When the Confederates demanded the surrender of the Union Garrison of Fort Sumter, they refused, following which gunfire between Northern and Southern Americans started.
On April 14, 1865 Abraham Lincoln was shot in the head while he was watching a play in the theater. He died on April 15, 1865 at 7.22 a.m. and vice president Andrew Johnson is elected as the President.
In May 1865, Confederates forces surrendered and the Civil War ended. The total casualties of the war were 620,000 soldiers dead and 50,000 soldiers amputated. The War which began with the presidency of Abraham Lincoln and continued during his second term as President finally came to an end after his death.
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