This Week in the Civil War - #994
New Year’s Day, January 1, 1865. For just short of four years the American people at war had torn at the very political bonds that for better or worse initially bound them together as one nation. Both in the North and South there were calls for a negotiated peace and increasing criticism of both the Lincoln and Davis governments. Uncertainty was in the air, even with the Confederacy nearing its end. The North’s economic and military might was slowly but surely wearing down the Confederate military and civilian population by attacking in strength even into the very heartland of the South. Dreams and hollow talk of victory remained in the South, but reality favored the North. The end was near, but how would Union victory ultimately be achieved?