Chapter 9: “Pressing through to Union Victory: The Spring of 1864 through the Spring of 1865”

This chapter examines the last year of the war with a focus on U. S. Grant’s strategic planning and execution. It reinforces the theme of contingency, showing how the summer of 1864 represented the lowest point of Union morale for the war and how emancipation, even at that late date, was not a sure thing.