after the victory at atlanta sherman took his men on

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Unformatted text preview: 1864 the PD’s actually had somewhat of a chance – they ran former General McClellan against Lincoln. He lost, but still… - In the South (a lot worse): One problem was the planters’ increasing opposition to their own gov’t. The centralizing tendencies needed to maintain the war effort were just not cool – so planters complained about conscription, wouldn’t change to food from cash crops, and were generally inflexible. The food situation, which had never been good, certainly wasn’t getting better. This culminated in 126 the food riots in several Southern cities in spring 1863. Most Southerners resisted less conspicuously, though – by evading taxes and the draft, and by deserting from the army. Davis was not good at communicating w/the public, so he was stuck w/the overriding problem of public apathy/lack of morale, esp. after Vicksburg and Gettysburg. Some Southern legislatures even began to call for peace after V&G – William Holden [no, not the Sunset Bvld/Sabrina/Stalag 17 guy] in North Carolina (summer 1863) and Brown and Stevens in Georgia (1864) – but the movements never got anywhere. Also, the 1863 elections hurt Davis as many supporters of his administration lost seats. Basically, by 1864 the South had given up and many were either doing nothing or actively sabotaging the Confederate gov’t. *1864 – 1865: The Final Stretch* - The South could actually have still won in the last year if they had kept up a stalemate and waited for Northern anti-war sentiments to triumph. But several important events swayed things just enough the other way to assure a Northern victory. One aspect was that the North’s diplomatic strategy, which was don’t-let-Europerecognize-them, succeeded into 1864. - Also, General Sherman [“War is Hell”] took total war right into the Southern heartland starting in the winter of 1863/1864 in Virginia. The policy was all-out: looting, 127 pillaging, burning…it was all OK. In response, Davis concentrated his forces in Atlanta, Sherman’s first goal. - On September 2, 1864 Southern forces fell at Atlanta – which boosted Northern morale and secured Lincoln’s reelection, but killed...
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