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 Posted: Thu Aug 14th, 2008 03:07 am
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Johan-

  I would maintain that the cause of the Confederacy was not finally lost until Mr. Lincoln was re-elected. You can maintain that his re-election was ensured by Sherman's march and the capture of Atlanta. But if General McClellan had by some miracle  managed to win the election, there was still some hope (justified or not) that the war could be concluded without the complete defeat of the Confederacy.

  Sherman's march and the capture of Atlanta elevated the spirits of the northern soldiers and the general populace. It strengthened their desire to finally end the thing. So, I would not say that the southerners were frightened into submission. I would say that northern resolve to prevail was raised.

  With the re-election of Mr. Lincoln, it was clear that the war would be pursued until total victory, and the hopes of the southerners for independence were finally and completely dashed forever.

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