Kyle Bondo sets the stage for the Overland Campaign by exploring President Abraham Lincoln’s stakes going into 1864 and what could happen if Lincoln’s strategy turns out to be wrong.
It is March 1864, and President Lincoln is concerned. The first real victory in the East — The Battle of Gettysburg — is short-lived when General George Meade, Commander of the Army of the Potomac, fails to capture General Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia before they slip back into the Virginia wilderness. Now political pressure is mounting on Lincoln with Northern Democrats and Copperheads pushing him to make peace with the Confederacy. Combined with the growing number of Union causalities, New York Draft Riots, and a mix of results in the West, Lincoln is faced with the possibility of a divided nation and the continuation of slavery in North America for generations to come. The wartime stakes could never be higher!
“That Grant, he was the only War Yankee Lincoln had that was worth anything.”
“The world will little note nor long remember what we say here but it can never forget what they did here.”
— President Abraham Lincoln, From the Gettysburg Address
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