This Week in the Civil War - #1037
The close of February 1865 found the Confederate military effort in a precarious situation. The end was near, and virtually all on both sides of the conflict recognized that fact. Lee had prepared contingency plans for when Petersburg fell and Richmond abandoned. Even if Grant could be stopped, a critical shortage of manpower hampered efforts to stop Sherman in the Carolinas, as he marched steadily northward. With Wilmington, North Carolina now lost to the Confederacy, no more supplies would arrive from Europe to assist the Confederacy. While the North prepared for Lincoln’s inauguration on March 4, in the South there was growing despair and concern. The spring of 1865 would most assuredly bring a new day, but what would that new day entail in the life of the South?