Part 5: A new birth of freedom

Across the country, Confederate armies advance north into Union-held territory hoping to continue their string of victories and force the Federals to sue for peace.

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GRAPHIC: Gene Thorp - The Washington Post. Published Sept. 7, 2012.

Part 1: The Road to War

Abraham Lincoln's election spurred the slave-holding states of the Deep South to secede.

Part 2: Fury Unleashed

Years of built up tension are released when the opening shots of the Civil War are fired.

Part 3: Northern Resurgence

The North continues its efforts to crush the rebellion and pushes the Confederacy to the brink of collapse.

Part 4: Rebellion Rebound

Confederate armies pull together and push the Federals back to the gates of Washington.

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Civil War 150

The Washington Post continues its special coverage of the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War.