ATTACHMENT                             Timeline of Hoosier Women and Events

                                                                       of the Civil War Era

Instructions to the Teacher:  Select the dates and events that are appropriate for your lesson(s).  Type, enlarge and duplicate (2 copies) each on  8 x 11” sheets.  Attach to both sides of a file folder (tent-fashion) for a stand-up walking timeline.  Students can manipulate folders chronologically (allowing appropriate space for time span between dates) and according to connections of people, places and events. They can add folders as the study progresses.

          1787             Northwest Ordinance bans slavery in Northwest Territory (of which Indiana is a part).

1816             Indiana becomes the 19th state admitted to the Union.

1816                     The Lincoln family moves from Knob Creek Farm in Kentucky to Indiana.

1830                     Levi and Katharine Coffin leave North Carolina to settle in Indiana and continue        

1831                     abolitionist activities.

1820-21         Missouri Compromise establishes line between the free and slave territories.

1849             Harriet Tubman escapes from Maryland.

1850                     Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 allows slave owners to pursue and reclaim slaves in any   


1851             Indiana’s Second Constitution is adopted.

1852                     Harriet Beecher Stowe publishes Uncle Tom’s Cabin.


1860—November  Abraham Lincoln wins the U.S. Presidential election.

1861—April          Civil War begins as Confederates attach Fort Sumter.

1863                           Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation making all persons held as slaves within       

1864                                 any state forever free.

1865—January 1   The Emancipation Proclamation makes abolition of slavery a goal of the Civil War.

1865—April 11     The North celebrates victory; Abe Lincoln gives his last public address; he declares    

                                     that African American men should be given the right to vote in Louisiana.

1865—April 14     At 10:30 PM, Booth shoots President Lincoln in his box at Ford Theater.

1865—April 15    At 7:22 AM, Abraham Lincoln dies and a nation mourns.           

1865—December 18  The Thirteenth Amendment is ratified, permanently abolishing slavery in the US.                                

     1870               Black males are given the right to vote by ratification of the 15th Amendment.

1873                            Hoosier women are given the right to hold effected office.

1879                            Married women can control their own personal property.

1920                Women are given the right to vote by ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Sources used for Timeline:

Printed Sources:

Denman, Cherry. The History Puzzle: An Interactive Visual Timeline. Atlanta, Georgia: Turner Publishing, Inc., 1995. Presents in pictorial format an interactive timeline from 4.6 billion years ago to 1995.

Hansen, Ellen (ed.), Perspectives on History Series: The Underground Railroad—Life on the Road to Freedom,Carlisle, Massachusetts: Discovery Enterprises, Ltd., (no date given), gives a concise survey of topics from timelines to spirituals. (Student)

 “Now He Belongs to the Ages:  The ASSASSINATION OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN.”  Fort Wayne, Indiana:  Exhibition at the Lincoln Museum (April 2001-January 2002) depicts in quotations and visuals a timeline of events leading up to and following Lincoln’s assassination.

Sands, Stela (ed.). Kids Discover:Civil War. New York, New York: Kids Discover (journal) gives comparative studies of the North and South and timeslines in cartoon fashion.

Thornbrough, Emma Lou. Indiana in the Civil War Era, 1850-1880. Indianapolis, Indiana: Indiana Historical Society, 1989 provides reliable information for teacher reference.

Underground Railroad..Division of Publications of National Park Service. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior, 1999 provides a concise narrative, photos and documents for the teacher and advanced students.

Internet Sites:

Indiana Historical Society:

Indiana Historical Society: http//

Indiana State Library:

National Parks  Service: for information on the Underground Railroad Project and related documents and maps