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"A Harvest of Death." Gettysburg, July 1863. Timothy O'Sullivan. Credit: National Archives and Records Administration
As with the war itself, battles had different names. Whereas the South named them after the closest town, such as Sharpsburg, the North often chose the closest river or geographical landmark, such as Antietam Creek. Thus the Battle of Sharpsburg and the Battle of Antietam are one and the same. This section covers the battles in chronological order, from First Bull Run (Manassas) through the Peninsula campaign, from Antietam (Sharpsburg) to Fredericksburg, through Gettysburg to the Wilderness, from the trenches of Petersburg to Leeís surrender at Appomattox and Lincolnís assassination. Also highlighted are important decisions made by the Lincoln administration for the Union and the Davis administration for the Confederacy.

Events of 1861

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Events of 1863

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    The Slavery Period

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of Unity (1820-1860)
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Robert E. Lee
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The Growth of Freedmen
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From Slavery to Freedom
– and Back Again
  Washington, DC, Area During the War
Richmond During the War
The Medical Field During the War
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