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The Final Months of the Civil War The Civil War was one of momentous proportion It was disastrous in terms of human life because more Americans died in this war that any other war in history This paper is mainly about and around those involved on the battlefield in the final months of the civil war It will also refer to the leading men behind the Union and Confederate forces The war was coming to an end by January of 1865 At that time Federal Union armies were spread throughout the Confederacy and the Confederate Army had greatly shrunk in size The year before the North had suffered a huge loss of lives but had more than enough to lose in comparison to the South General Ulysses S Grant became known as the Butcher and many wanted him removed Grant Ulysses S Personal Memoirs of U S Grant New York Charles L Webster Co 1894 The war continued as Lincoln stood firm with his General This paper will cover the events between the winter of 1864-1865 and the surrender of the Confederate States of America and will show that April 9 1865 was indeed the end of a great tragedy General William T Sherman and his army cleared the civilian population of the city of Atlanta in September of 1864 then took a brief rest It was from Atlanta that General Sherman and his army began the famous march to the sea The great march was 400 miles long and 60 miles wide No news was heard of Sherman for 32 days His men lived on whatever they could get from the area of the country through which they passed as Sherman had cut himself off from his base and any supplies Although the army destroyed anything and everything that was in their path they were not seen as the enemy In view of this destruction it is understandable that Sherman quoted War
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