What July, 1863 Will Bring

Currier & Ives romantic depiction of Gettysburg Battle

Currier & Ives romantic depiction of Gettysburg Battle

As the month begins it is clear leaders both South and North that events are moving toward a climax. Lee’s invasion of the North seems to be going well. The Army of the Potomac has a new commander. Union forces have gained ground in Tennessee. How long can besieged Vicksburg hold out? A new attack against Charleston, South Carolina appears certain. Discontent with the war effort and resentment against the draft flourish in some sections of the North. Discontent likewise flourishes in the South, particularly over shortages of all kinds of goods. President Davis and President Lincoln both face multiple problems at home and abroad. While some doubt the fighting spirit of black soldiers, the men of 54th Massachusetts are eager to prove themselves and will write the name of their regiment in glory. History is in the making.

some of the graves at Gettysburg

some of the graves at Gettysburg

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