United States Civil War, 1861-1865

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United States
Civil War, 1861-1865
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The American Civil War began on 12 April 1861 when troops in South Carolina fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor. Also called the "War between the States" and the "War of Secession", the Civil War lasted until 1865. Approximately 3.5 million soldiers fought in the war resulting in almost 600,000 deaths.

States in 1861[edit | edit source]

Status of the States 1861

Northern States (blue)

Southern States (red) Seceded before 15 Apr 1861

Southern States (orange) Seceded after 15 Apr 1861

Slave States that did not secede

States not yet formed or which were territories in 1861 (gray)