March 1863

Both sides were preparing for another battle season, and concern was growing in the South. The Federal naval blockade was slowly strangling the Confederate economy, and the Federal armies continued pushing deeper into southern territory. People were awaiting the coming spring with both hope and dread.

In the North, several laws were enacted before Congress adjourned, including the first real military draft. The Confederate government continued trying to find ways to pay for the war. Joseph Hooker prepared to move his Federals against Robert E. Lee in Virginia. Confederates struggled to prevent Ulysses S. Grant from capturing Vicksburg, and Federals threatened Port Hudson, Louisiana. The Sioux Indians were banished from the North.

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Last Updated: 4/9/2017

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