On April 6, 1862, Confederate forces under General Albert Johnston caught Union forces by surprise near Shiloh Church. The battle culminated in an area along an abandoned wagon road later dubbed "The Hornet's Nest" due to the ferocity of the fighting.
In 1862, Robert E. Lee invaded the North for the first time and met the Union army near the banks of Maryland's Antietam Creek. Along a narrow country road called "Bloody Lane," visit the scene of the bloodiest day in U.S. military history.
In 1864, General Grant doggedly pursued Lee's forces. On June 3, the two sides met at Cold Harbor, a crossroads near Richmond, where Grant hurled his men against entrenched breastworks, losing 7,000 in 20 minutes.
In 1861, the first major battle of the Civil War was fought. 35,000 Northerners marched to Manassas, Virginia to challenge 20,000 Southerners. By the next day, 5,000 men were dead and Confederate General Stonewall Jackson earned his legendary nickname.
On December 13, 1862, Union General Ambrose Burnside mounted a massive but futile frontal assault on Confederate troops outside of Fredericksburg, Virginia that became one of the Union Army's worst defeats.
In May 1863, in the wilderness of Virginia, the Union Army launched a massive assault on the Confederates. But what seemed a certain Union victory was upended by a surprise attack led by General "Stonewall" Jackson.
Gettysburg climaxes on a rocky hillside known as Little Round Top. Heroes born of the bloody battle include Strong Vincent, Patrick O'Roarke, Gouverneur K. Warren, and Joshua Chamberlain.
In one of the most crucial engagements of the Civil War, Confederates struggle to gain control of Culp's Hill, a critical Union position that if lost could turn the tide of the war itself.
The Union Army wages a bloody campaign at Chickamauga on their path to capture the key railroad hub of Chattanooga.