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March on Atlanta sealed Lincoln’s re-election

August 12, 2009
Roanoke Times

My previous few columns have been about Gen. Ulysses Grant and his taking command of all Union armies on March 9, 1864. He was given this mandate by his president: End the war. In a few short weeks, he and Gen. William Sherman planned the campaigns that ended the war with Union victory.

The campaigns began in the first week of May 1864 and thus played out in the shadow of the presidential election in November. President Lincoln hardly considered his re-election to be a slam-dunk; the war that seemed to never end had brought casualties and tears to almost every home in both the North and the South.

The story continues …..

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