January 1863

The war entered its third year, and many changes had taken place throughout America thus far. Wartime taxation and inflation were adversely affecting both northerners and southerners. Others were becoming wealthy through war profiteering and speculating. Southern dissatisfaction over the draft grew, while northerners worried about what changes the Emancipation Proclamation would bring. Everyone prepared for more hardship, destruction, and death to come.

The Confederate economy grew weaker as the government violated states’ rights ostensibly to preserve states’ rights. The Emancipation Proclamation took effect. Fighting resumed in central Tennessee, on the Gulf Coast, and around Vicksburg, Mississippi. Confederate commerce raiders rampaged along the high seas, and yet another humiliation suffered by the Federal Army of the Potomac led to a command change

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Last Updated: 4/9/2017

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