Abraham Lincoln Papers

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November 6 Lincoln elected president.

March 4 Lincoln inaugurated.
April 12 Firing on Fort Sumter, S.C., initiated the Civil War.
July 21 First Battle of Bull Run.

June-September Second Bull Run campaign.
July 13 Lincoln read initial draft of the Emancipation Proclamation to Secretaries Seward and Welles.
July 22 Lincoln discussed Draft of the Emancipation Proclamation at a cabinet meeting.
September Antietam campaign.
September 22 Cabinet discussion of Emancipation.
First printing of preliminary version of Emancipation Proclamation.

January 1 Lincoln signed the Final Draft of the Emancipation Proclamation.
April-May Chancellorsville campaign.
June-July Gettysburg campaign.
November 19 The Gettysburg Address.

April 4 Lincoln explained his choices related to emancipation.
May-December The march toward Richmond.
May 5-7 Grant's Wilderness campaign.
May 7-20 Battle of Spotsylvania.
June '64-May '65 Petersburg campaign.
September 1 Fall of Atlanta.
November 8 Lincoln re-elected.

April 9 General Lee surrendered.
April 14 Lincoln assassinated (further details in Lincoln assassination timeline).

John Sellers, Library of Congress Manuscript Division Historian.

Abraham Lincoln Papers