January 1864

The war entered its fourth year, and there had been no major military operations since November. Momentum was clearly in the North’s favor, as the Federals’ superiority in manpower and armaments was taking its toll. Southern hopes were diminishing as the Federals relentlessly advanced deeper and deeper into Confederate territory and chances for foreign recognition or more brilliant victories grew slimmer.

The Confederate economy continued weakening, southern discontent with the Davis administration increased, and a Confederate general made a desperate proposal. Federals launched an expedition on Louisiana’s Red River and battled Indians west of the Mississippi. President Abraham Lincoln began giving more attention to restoring conquered southern states to the Union.

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Last Updated: 4/9/2017

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