American Civil War Timeline
The long feared Civil War begins. In four terrible years, more than 620,000 men, including President Abraham Lincoln will perish. Hundreds of thousands more will be maimed for life. The evil of slavery will be abolished, and the meaning of freedom and equality in America will be changed forever. Related articles.
Edited by Mary Hadar, Bonnie Berkowitz and Vincent Rinehart
SOURCE: National Archives; Library of Congress; Leslie’s Illustrated; Harpers Weekly; U.S. Naval Historical Center; The Official Records of the War of the Rebellion. CASUALTIES: The American Battlefield Protection Program; Dyer’s Compendium; The Official Records of the War of the Rebellion. (Casualties include killed, wounded, missing and captured).