The Struggle for Tactical Advantage

Confederates and Federals are both reluctant to commit significant forces.

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Grant Takes Command in the West

Abraham Lincoln places Ulysses S. Grant in charge of the new Division of the Mississippi.  In Virginia, the Confederates run into trouble at the Battle of Bristoe Station.

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British Neutrality and Presidential Order 252

Confederate forces suffer defeats on both the diplomatic front as well as the military front.

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The Battle of Manassas Gap

Under pressure from Abraham Lincoln, George Meade attacks Robert E. Lee’s forces, but Lee escapes up the Shenandoah Valley.  In Ohio, John Hunt Morgan is captured.

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