|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 22||Cabinet discussion of Emancipation.
First printing of preliminary version of Emancipation Proclamation.
|January 1||Lincoln signed the Final Draft of the Emancipation Proclamation.|
|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.