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Key Civil War Dates

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Experience the LOVE of Virginia

1861

  • Battle of First Manassas (July 11)

1862

  • USS Monitor vs. CSS Virginia, Hampton Roads (March 9)
  • Stonewall Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign (May-June)
  • Seven Days Battles near Richmond (June-July)
  • Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Lincoln (September 22). First public reading in the South takes place at “Emancipation Oak” in Hampton
  • Battle of Fredericksburg (December 13)

1863

  • Emancipation Proclamation becomes law (January 1)
  • Battle of Chancellorsville (May 2-3)
  • Death of Stonewall Jackson, Guinea Station (May 10)
  • Battle of Brandy Station – largest cavalry battle on North American continent (June 9)

1864

  • Battle of The Wilderness (May 5-7)
  • Battle of Spotsylvania Court House (May 8-21)
  • Battle of New Market (May 15)
  • 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaigns (May-October)
  • Battle of Cold Harbor (May 31-June 12)
  • Battle of The Crater –Petersburg (July 30)
  • Battle of New Market Heights – (September 29)

1865

  • Fall of Petersburg and Richmond (April 3)
  • Lincoln visits Richmond (April 4-5)
  • Surrender at Appomattox (April 9)
  • John Wilkes Booth killed near Bowling Green (April 26)
  • 13th Amendment (December 6)

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