In Virginia, the Army of the Potomac withdrew northward following the ending of the Mine Run Campaign, while Confederate General James Longstreet ended his siege of Knoxville. Meanwhile the rival congresses met in Washington, D.C. and Richmond.
As the war moves into its third year the passion for military service in the north is much diminished and new measures must be adopted to fill the ranks.
The Confederate Congress passes America’s first conscription law. Meanwhile, a Union fleet works its way up the Mississippi toward New Orleans.