Civil War Battles

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Civil War Battles 2017-05-01T14:56:48+00:00

How many Civil War battles were there? The simple answer is, there were a lot of them. I estimate there were at least 9,620 battles during the Civil War.

That’s not an exact number and the vast majority of these battles were skirmishes between small groups. These were not all Gettysburg size encounters.

When the Civil War began in 1861 the fighting was continuous the entire time up until the end of the war in 1865.

Almost every single day during the Civil War there was a battle or small skirmish somewhere in the country. The Civil War was the most violent time in American history which led to the deaths of 620,000 Americans.

No other war the United States has fought has seen as many casualties as the American Civil War. The only other war that comes close was World War Two where roughly 420,000 Americans were killed.

If you want to get a better idea of the sheer scale of the fighting that took place during the Civil War a great resource is the Battles of the Civil War Map from National Geographic. This map shows the battles fought during the war with outstanding detail and quality. It’s good for seeing the overall picture of all of the fighting that occurred during the war.

Below are detailed descriptions of the most famous Civil War battles during the war. These are the battles you often hear and read about.

The results of these battles determined which side was going to win and which side was going to lose the war.

Also listed are the Civil War battles fought in each individual state.

To learn more about these famous battlefields take a look at The Civil War Battlefield Guide

Famous Civil War Battles

Antietam Fort Sumter Battle of Petersburg
Appomattox Fort Wagner Siege of Petersburg
Ball’s Bluff Fredericksburg Battle of the Crater
Bull Run Gaines Mill Red River Campaign
Second Bull Run Gettysburg Day One Seven Days Battle
Cedar Mountain Gettysburg Day Two Seven Pines
Chancellorsville Gettysburg Day Three Shiloh
Chattanooga Harpers Ferry Spotsylvania
Chickamauga Battle of Jonesborough Stones River
Cold Harbor Kennesaw Mountain Valley Campaign
Fall of Richmond Battle of New Orleans Vicksburg
Five Forks Peninsular Campaign Wilderness Campaign
Fort Pillow Perryville Wilson’s Creek


Below is a Civil War timeline, which lists every state in which there was a battle in the order in which they occurred, from Alabama to West Virginia.

Choose a state and see information about the battles that took place there.

Civil War Battles by State

Alabama Maryland South Carolina
Arkansas Minnesota Tennessee
Colorado Mississippi Texas
Florida Missouri Virginia 1861
Georgia New Mexico Virginia 1862
Idaho North Carolina Virginia 1863
Indiana North Dakota Virginia 1864
Kansas Ohio Virginia 1865
Kentucky Oklahoma Washington
Louisiana Pennsylvania West Virginia