This Week in the Civil War - #1018
The first Wednesday of February 1865 was greeted in differing ways by the two sections of America at war with another. In the North, optimism abounded that the many states would quickly ratify the Thirteenth Amendment now that Congress had finally proposed it, while in the southern Confederacy both the public and government despaired over a lack of manpower and materials with which to pursue the war effort. Yet hopes of peace—even a negotiated one—remained as long as the two sides were willing to meet and talk about the potential for peace. With the Hampton Roads Conference planned for later in the week, both the North and South dreamed of peace, given that the Civil War was now entering its thirty-fifth, long month of constant strife.