Famous Civil War Battles...

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                     Some Famous Battles

The Battle of Bull Run, The Peninsular Campaign, Battle of Antietam, Battle of Chancellorville, Sherman's March, Battle of Gettysburg and Battle of Atlanta.

Battle of Atlanta

General Sherman took command of the Union Army during the Fall of Atlanta. Sherman led troops through Georgia, seizing and burning Atlanta, a vital city and railroad junction, on September 2, 1864.

Battle of Gettysburg

Confederate troops discovered Union calvary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The Confederates attacked, paving the way for the largest battle of the war, lasting three days. The Union Army won the Battle of Gettysburg, destroying Lee's hopes of carrying the fighting further up North.

Peninsular Campaign

General McClellan was in command of Union Army. He decided to approach Richmond from the Atlantic coast. McClellan landed troops in Yorktown, which is a peninsula between the York and James River, east of Richmond. There were battles fought there throughout July of 1862. The Confederates defeated the Union in the battles, led by General Joseph E. Johnston, then General Robert E. Lee.

Battle of Antietam

General Lee, commander of the Northern Virginia Army, moved to strike Union territory in Maryland. A Confederate messenger dropped a copy of the battle plans, which was found by a Union soldier. The Union then learned that Lee's forces were divided, so General Grant attacked. Antietam (Sharpsburg) was a day long battle on September 17, 1862 at Antietam Creek in Maryland. The battle ended in a draw.

Battle of Bull Run

Union troops gathered around Washington D.C. in hope of seizing Manassas, VA, which was a vital railroad, but the Confederate troops aligned the creek waiting for Union forces at Bull Run. This was the first large battle of the war. The Confederate forces defeated the Union.

Sherman's March to the Sea

General Sherman scorched the towns he marched through on his way towards the Atlantic coast and up to Virginia. His army followed the "scorched earth policy," beginning first with Atlanta. They would burn, tear up railroad tracks, raided and burned homes, and captured livestock; Ruthless destruction. Union Army forces Confederate Army out of the Atlantic port of Savannah, GA on December 22, 1864.

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