American Civil War timeline

  • Second Battle of Springfield

    The Second Battle of Springfield was a battle in the American Civil War fought January 8, 1863, in Springfield, Missouri. It is sometimes known as... Read more

  • Battle of Fort Hindman - Army of the Mississippi Advance on Arkansas Post

    The Battle of Arkansas Post, also known as the Battle of Fort Hindman, was a Civil War battle fought January 9–11, 1863, as Union troops under... Read more

  • Battle of Hartville

    Description: John S. Marmaduke led a Confederate raid into Missouri in early January 1863. This movement was two-pronged. Col. Joseph C. Porter led... Read more

  • Douglass Becomes Recruiter for the 54th Massachusetts Infantry

    Douglass becomes a recruiter for the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, the first regiment of African-American soldiers; his sons Lewis and Charles join... Read more

  • Battle of Dover

    Description: Under orders, in late January 1863, Confederate Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler, commanding two brigades of cavalry, had taken position on... Read more

  • Battle of Morton's Ford

    Description: To distract attention from a planned cavalry-infantry raid up the Peninsula on Richmond, the Federal army forced several crossings of... Read more

  • First Battle of Fort McAllister

    Other Names: None Location: Bryan County Campaign: Naval Attacks on Fort McAllister (1863) Date(s): March 3, 1863 Principal Commanders:... Read more

  • Ex Parte Milligan

    Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S. 2 (1866), was a United States Supreme Court case that ruled that the application of military tribunals to citizens when... Read more

  • Battle of Thompson's Station

    Description: In a period of relative inactivity following the Battle of Stones River, a reinforced Union infantry brigade, under Col. John Coburn,... Read more

  • Battle of Fort Anderson

    Description: Lt. Gen. James Longstreet took charge of the Department of Virginia and North Carolina on February 25 and initiated his Tidewater... Read more

  • Battle at Kelly's Ford

    Description: Kelly’s Ford was one of the early larger scale cavalry fights in Virginia that set the stage for Brandy Station and cavalry actions of... Read more

  • Battle of Vaught's Hill

    Description: During the inactivity following the Battle of Stones River, a Union brigade-sized reconnaissance force, under Col. Albert S. Hall,... Read more

  • Battle of Brentwood

    Description: Union Lt. Col. Edward Bloodgood held Brentwood, a station on the Nashville & Decatur Railroad, with 400 men on the morning of March... Read more

  • Battle of Washington, NC

    Description: While Longstreet operated against Suffolk, D.H. Hill’s column moved against the Federal garrison of Washington, North Carolina. By... Read more

  • First Battle of Charleston Harbor

    The First Battle of Charleston Harbor was an engagement near Charleston, South Carolina that took place April 7 1863, during the American Civil... Read more

  • First Battle of Franklin

    Description: The 1863 engagement at Franklin was a reconnaissance in force by Confederate cavalry leader Maj. Gen. Earl Van Dorn coupled with an... Read more

  • Siege of Suffolk

    The Siege of Suffolk was fought around Suffolk, Virginia, from April 11 to May 4, 1863, during the American Civil War. Background In 1863 Lt.... Read more

  • Battle of Fort Bisland

    Other Names: Battery Gregg, Fort Wagner, Morris Island, Fort Sumter Location: Charleston County Campaign: Operations against Defenses of... Read more

  • Battle of Irish Bend

    Other Names: Second Assault, Morris Island Location: City of Charleston Campaign: Operations against Defenses of Charleston... Read more

  • Battle of Suffolk

    Description: In cooperation with D.H. Hill’s advance on Washington, North Carolina, Lt. Gen. James Longstreet with Hood’s and Pickett’s divisions... Read more

  • Battle of Vermillion Bayou

    Other Names: None Location: Lafayette Parish Campaign: Operations in West Louisiana (1863) Date(s): April 17, 1863 Principal... Read more

  • Battle of Suffolk (Hill's Point)

    Other Names: Fort Huger, Hill’s Point Location: Suffolk Campaign: Longstreet’s Tidewater Operations (February-May 1863) Date(s): April... Read more

  • Battle of Cape Girardeau - General Marmaduke's Second Missouri Raid Brought to an End

    Description: Brig. Gen. John S. Marmaduke sought to strike Brig. Gen. John McNeil, with his combined force of about 2,000 men, at Bloomfield,... Read more

  • Stoneman's 1863 Raid

    Strategy General George Stoneman Stoneman's Raid was a cavalry operation that preceded the start of the Battle of Chancellorsville in the... Read more

  • Battle of Snyder's Bluff

    Description: To insure that troops were not withdrawn to Grand Gulf to assist Confederates there, a combined Union army-navy force feigned an... Read more