This Week in the Civil War - #865
By July 1864 it was yet to be determined which side in the Civil War would ultimately prevail. For the South, it was a time of consternation with Union armies besieging Petersburg only twenty plus miles from Richmond and Union forces in Georgia slowly advancing toward Atlanta. Southern casualties continued to grow and negatively impact the fighting spirit of the Southern armies. The larger Northern armies seemed capable of penetrating almost any area of the South they so desired. Yet in the North all was not well. A criticized president faced opposition within his own party, the Northern electorate was increasingly concerned over Grant’s manpower losses, and Congress was pushing Lincoln to be more vindictive in his planned reconstruction policies. Both the North and the South wondered about their respective futures.