Battles and Casualties of the Civil War map
Press the play button below to watch the war unfold over time. Drag the scrubber or click on the months and years to change the date range. Roll over the circles for more information on each battle. Casualties are defined as killed, wounded, missing and captured.
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GRAPHIC: Gene Thorp- The Washington Post. Published April 12, 2011.
Abraham Lincoln's election spurred the slave-holding states of the Deep South to secede.
Years of built up tension are released when the opening shots of the Civil War are fired.
The North continues its efforts to crush the rebellion and pushes the Confederacy to the brink of collapse