By Joseph Wheelan
Within the spring of 1864, Robert E. Lee confronted a brand new adversary: Lieutenant basic Ulysses S. provide. Named commander of all Union armies in March, provide speedy went at the offensive opposed to Lee in Virginia. On may perhaps four, Grant’s military struck demanding around the Rapidan River into north-central Virginia, with Lee’s military contesting each mile. They fought for 40 days until eventually, eventually, the Union military crossed the James River and started the siege of Petersburg.
The crusade expense 90,000 men—the greatest loss the warfare had visible. whereas furnish misplaced approximately two times as many males as Lee did, he might change them. Lee couldn't and could by no means back mount one other significant offensive. Lee’s give up at Appomattox lower than a yr later was once the denouement of the drama started in these the most important 40 days.
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As to cause us to leave the dining-room. 24 44 t h e d a r k e s t d aw n chapter seven TOWARDS AN INDEfiNITE SHORE B y l a t e a f t e r n o o n , t h e w e a t h e r had taken a turn for the worse. When the couple had set out earlier, the day was sunny and the thermometer was reaching for seventy. 1 Nevertheless, little or nothing could dampen the joy of the carriage ride. 2 As had been the case throughout the day, the president’s spirits were high. His goal had been reached. The weary load he had shouldered for the past four years was now about to be set down.
When the words of Harry Ford finally sank in, a sense of urgency energized John Wilkes Booth once more. In his mind, there was still time. The fortunes of the South might yet be retrieved. But the blow must be struck, and soon. As events at Richmond and Appomattox had 39 40 t h e d a r k e s t d aw n shown, and, most recently, as the rebel prisoners on Pennsylvania Avenue had graphically illustrated, there was not a moment to spare. Over the next several hours, Booth moved swiftly about Washington, reestablishing contact with his small circle of fellow conspirators.
14 Moreover, critics argued, the “railsplitter” was crude, coarse, and comical, an unworthy successor to such stately and dignified chief executives as Jefferson, Polk, and Pierce. “He is brutal in all his habits and in all his ways,” sneered one New York editor. “He is filthy. He is obscene. 16 According to one White House visitor, some of the president’s anecdotes were revolting in the extreme, as when a young Lincoln, after a hunting trip, climbed a tree while several of his companions lay down just below: 42 t h e d a r k e s t d aw n Golliher shut his eyes like he was asleep.
Bloody Spring: Forty Days that Sealed the Confederacy's Fate by Joseph Wheelan