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Wartime Reconstruction: Imagining the Aftermath

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The Turning point in the Civil War was the re-election of Abraham Lincoln in 1864. Although the concerted efforts of northern Peace Democrats and a palpable war weariness among the electorate made Lincolns victory uncertain, timely Union victories in Atlanta and Mobile in September of 1864 secured Lincolns re-election in November. This lecture concludes Professor Blights section on the war, following Lee and Grant to Appomattox Courthouse, and describing the surrender of Confederate forces.

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