Civil War In Missouri Presented by The State Historical Society

Scroll through history and discover the Battles & Skirmishes, Political Events, and Historic Happenings of the Civil War era, 1854-1875, using the interactive timeline which highlights significant historical milestones on the state and national stage.

The timeline is part of the [American Civil War in Missouri Website]( by the [State Historical Society of Missouri]( ;xNLx;;xNLx;Images and newspaper clippings that appear in the timeline are from various collections housed at the State Historical Society of Missouri.

1854-05-30 22:33:43

Kansas-Nebraska Act

1855-12-04 10:28:19

Raid on Liberty Arsenal

1857-03-06 22:33:43

Dred Scott v. Sanford

U.S. Supreme Court rules on Dred Scott v. Sanford.

1858-12-20 02:57:46

Vernon County Raid

John Brown raids Vernon County, killing one slave owner and freeing eleven slaves.

1860-12-20 16:10:46

South Carolina Secedes

South Carolina secedes from the Union (Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas follow suit over the next months).

1861-02-18 14:01:25

State Convention

Delegates are elected for the State Convention of Missouri.

1861-02-18 14:01:25

Jefferson Davis Inaugurated

Jefferson Davis is inaugurated as President of the Confederate States of America.

1861-03-04 14:01:25

Lincoln Takes Office

Abraham Lincoln becomes 16th President of the United States.

1861-04-12 14:01:25

First Battle of the Civil War

Confederates in Charleston bombard Ft. Sumter (first battle of the Civil War).

1861-05-10 14:01:25

Capture of Camp Jackson

Camp Jackson affair takes place in St. Louis.

1861-06-17 14:01:25

First Battle of Boonville

1861-07-05 14:01:25

Battle of Carthage

1861-07-21 14:01:25

Battle of Bull Run

War's first major battle erupts at Manassas (Bull Run), VA.

1861-08-10 14:01:25

Battle of Wilson's Creek

Nathaniel Lyon is killed at the Battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri.

1861-08-30 14:01:25

Martial Law is Declared in Missouri

Martial Law is declared in Missouri and will remain in effect throughout the war.

1861-09-13 14:01:25

Battle of Lexington

The battle ends when the Union garrison surrenders the town of Lexington, Missouri.

1862-02-03 15:44:10

War Elephants

President Lincoln refuses an offer from the King of Siam to send war elephants.

1862-03-07 14:01:25

Battle of Pea Ridge

The Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, occurs.

1862-03-14 14:01:25

New Madrid Captured

Union forces capture New Madrid, Missouri.

1862-04-08 14:01:25

Battle of Shiloh

Pittsburg, TN

1862-04-10 14:01:25

Emancipation Resolution Approved

Lincoln approves a resolution calling for the gradual emancipation of slaves.

1862-06-01 14:01:25

Robert E. Lee Assumes Command

1862-08-11 14:01:25

Independence, MO, Captured

Confederate partisans capture Independence, Missouri.

1862-08-28 14:01:25

Second Battle of Bull Run

1862-09-17 14:01:25

Battle of Antietam

The Battle of Antietam occurs at Sharpsburg, Maryland.

1862-10-03 14:01:25

Battle of Corinth, Mississippi

1862-10-18 14:01:25

Palmyra Massacre

Palmyra Massacre occurs in retaliation for the kidnapping of a Union sympathizer by Confederate troops.

1862-10-27 12:49:06

Skirmish at Island Mound

This Missouri skirmish marks the first time U.S. Colored Troops fight as an organized unit.

1862-12-11 14:01:25

Battle of Fredericksburg

1863-01-01 12:49:06

Emancipation Proclamation Signed

1863-03-03 12:49:06

First Conscription Act Signed

Abraham Lincoln signs the first Conscription Act.

1863-04-30 12:49:06

Battle of Chancellorsville

Spotsylvania, VA

1863-07-01 12:49:06

Battle of Gettysburg

1863-07-04 12:49:06

Vicksburg Confederates Surrender

The Confederates surrender Vicksburg, Mississippi.

1863-08-21 12:49:06

Lawrence, Kansas, Burns

William Quantrill raids Lawrence, Kansas, killing over 180 citizens and burning much of the town.

1863-08-25 12:49:06

Order No. 11 Issued

Order No. 11 is issued, which forces rural citizens in Cass, Jackson, Bates and Vernon counties to leave their homes and most of their belongings and move to larger towns and military outposts in the area, or move out of the region.

1863-09-19 12:49:06

Battle of Chickamauga

1863-10-17 12:49:06

300,000 Army Volunteers Requested

Lincoln calls for 300,000 additional volunteers to join the army.

1863-11-19 12:49:06

Gettysburg Address

President Lincoln delivers the "Gettysburg Address."

1864-03-09 12:49:06

Grant Commissioned and Takes Command

1864-05-05 12:49:06

Battle of the Wilderness

1864-05-08 12:49:06

Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

1864-05-31 12:49:06

Battle of Cold Harbor

1864-09-02 12:49:06

Fall of Atlanta

1864-09-24 12:49:06

Battle of Pilot Knob

The battle ensues at Fort Davidson, Missouri.

1864-09-27 12:49:06

Massacre at Centralia, MO

"Bloody Bill" Anderson and his guerrilla followers massacre Union troops in and near Centralia.

1864-10-21 12:49:06

Battle of Westport, Missouri

Westport was the largest battle west of the Mississippi River and the climax of Sterling Price's 1864 invasion of Missouri.

1864-11-15 12:49:06

Sherman’s March to the Sea

1864-12-15 12:49:06

Battle of Nashville

1864-12-21 12:49:06

Savannah captured

Civil War In Missouri Presented by The State Historical Society

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