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The Civil War For Dummies

The American Civil War encompasses a vast number of political, social, and military acts. This timeline highlights crucial events that shaped the beginning and outcome of the Civil War between the Union and the Confederate states.

Major Events of the Civil War Period

The following chart maps out key political events, people, and major military actions that preceded and defined the American Civil War, or War Between the States (a term widely used after the war, especially in the Southern states).

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