PART II – EMANCIPATION AND THE “MUD MARCH” – By Sandy McBride

THIS MONTH IN THE CIVIL WAR - JANUARY 1863

News of the victory at Stones River was greeted with a sigh of relief by President Abraham Lincoln.  He wired General William Rosecrans “I can never forget, whilst I remember anything, that you gave us a hard earned victory which, had there been a defeat instead, the nation could hardly have lived over.”

The president had been under increasing criticism for the failures in the war, and many northerners were grumbling that it should be given up.  The victory in Tennessee gave Lincoln a small measure of support in his determination to save the Union.

 

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