Volume Eight |
1865: War Is All Hell
The Confederacy is crumbling. Sherman and his army burn Atlanta and march
eastward through Georgia into the Carolinas, wreaking devastation everywhere.
At Petersburg, Grant's 125,000 Federals press in on General Lee's 35,000 ragged
Confederates. Within a month, Grant breaks through these defenses at the city of
Petersburg and advances on Richmond. Confederate forces set fire to the
capital city and abandon it. With Jefferson Davis vowing to fight on,
Lee flees westward. At Appomatox Court House, out numbered five-to-one,
he is finally surrounded by Union forces. At last the supreme hour has
arrived: Robert E. Lee surrenders what is left of his army to Ulysses S.
Grant. The Union terms are generous; reunification of the nation has begun.