The hardships of the war were intensifying in the South, but spirits generally remained high. As the major armies were preparing for another battle season, most southerners expressed confidence that Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson would keep the Federals away from the Confederate capital at Richmond.
Southerners clamored for relief from economic hardship. Anti-war sentiment gained popularity in the North. Federals attacked Charleston, and Ulysses S. Grant continued threatening Vicksburg, one of the last Confederate strongholds on the Mississippi River. Joseph Hooker prepared his Federal army along the Rappahannock River to confront Lee’s Confederates once more.
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