February 1863

The winter had temporarily stalled major military operations. Nevertheless, the Confederacy was being threatened on the Mississippi River at Vicksburg, in Tennessee south of Murfreesboro, on the coastlines, and in Virginia. Both sides were continuing preparations for renewed fighting in the spring.

Ulysses S. Grant continued efforts to capture the Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg. In Washington, new banking measures were enacted in the absence of southern opposition. In Virginia, the Federal Army of the Potomac was reorganized under its new commander, Joseph Hooker. The Confederacy continued seeking foreign recognition, and another international crisis loomed when a U.S. ship captured a British merchant vessel.

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Last Updated: 4/9/2017

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