This year marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Fought from 1861 to 1865, the war was a turning point in American history. Following years of unity against other countries, American citizens found themselves fighting each other for the right of the South to secede and make its own laws. More than 3 million Americans fought in the Civil War, and more than 6oo,000 men died.
It eventually led to the famous Emancipation Proclamation and the acknowledgement of African-Americans as free people. Check out the timeline below for more information on the Civil War and how it changed the US.