For the next four years1

For the next four years1 - For the next four years, brother...

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Unformatted text preview: For the next four years, brother fought brother and father fought son, especially in the bitterly divided border states. The Southern generals, particularly Robert E. Lee, Simon B. Buckner, and James Longstreet among many others, quickly proved themselves far more capable than their Northern counterparts. In fact, though the North vastly outnumbered the South in terms of troops and resources, the early years of the war belonged to the South. The North shifted from general to general in search of a solid leader, and Grant finally proved himself the man. Upon taking command of the Union troops, Grant began to heavily exploit the Northern advantage in resources, turning the war into a bloody but effective battle of attrition. Grant thereby reinvigorated the Northern war effort and saw it through to its finish. Meanwhile, on January 1, 1863, Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing...
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