Synopsis by Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.
As the war continued, the hardships and the human cost became more evident. Many soldiers had little to eat and inadequate clothing, while others became addicted to alcohol. Soldiers also suffered when their officers made mistakes. At the battle of Fredericksburg in December of 1862, Union General Ambrose E. Burnside sent troops on a suicidal charge, leading to 12,000 casualties. As President Lincoln continued to search for the right general to lead the Union forces, many Northerners were unhappy with the war effort. An antiwar group calling themselves Copperheads openly criticized the president, leading many to be imprisoned. Meanwhile, Jefferson Davis, with governors asserting states' rights and objecting to the draft, found it as difficult to preside over the Confederacy. On May of 1863, the Union suffered a devastating defeat at the battle of Chancellorsville, VA. The death of General Stonewall Jackson, however, proved a serious setback to the Confederacy. Further south, General Grant began laying siege to Vicksburg in an attempt to cut off Confederate access to the Mississippi River.
war, anti-war, battle [war], Confederate, siege, slavery, Union-Army, Civil-War [US]