This Week in the Civil War - #1050
By mid-March 1865 Grant’s attack plan against the South, the Anaconda Plan, was working to perfection. In North Carolina, Sherman’s and Cox’s forces were about to unite. In Virginia Sheridan’s Union cavalry fought a skirmish at the South Anna Bridge as it moved toward a junction with Grant and the Army of the Potomac. In West Virginia Federal forces attacked enemy pockets of resistance from Philippi to Corrick‘s Ford and from New Creek to Moorefield. Skirmishing also occurred in the Shenandoah Valley at Woodstock and at Dalton, Georgia. On Friday, March 17, Union forces moved against Mobile, Alabama, while Federal forces also conducted military exercises within Arkansas. The overwhelming manpower and tenacity of the Union’s military effect was literally crushing the life out of the southern Confederacy.