Lincoln and the War's End
The final five months of the Civil War were among the most dramatic of Lincoln's life. This book will cover those five months. It will take Lincoln from the day of his reelection in early November 1864 — which General U.S. Grant described as "a victory worth more to the country than a battle won" — to the end of the war in early April 1865. In those five months, as the war winds down, he will be the central figure in great events. In December he will send his annual message to Congress. In late January 1865 he will successfully push through Congress the 13th amendment ending slavery throughout the United States. On March 4, he will deliver his second inaugural address, one of the great speeches in the English language. Late that same month, as the war appears about to end, he will make an extended visit to Grant's army before Petersburg. On April 4 he will walk into a surrendered and burning Richmond with his son Tad and sit in Jefferson Davis's chair. A week later Lee's Army of Northern Virginia will surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House, and Lincoln will see his four long years of toil for Union end in victory.
(This book is to be one of a series of volumes for the Concise Lincoln Library, being written by various Lincoln scholars and published by the Southern Illinois University Press as part of the four-year Civil War Sesquicentennial. Jack's contribution to the series will be published in 2015 to coincide with the end of the sesquicentennial celebration.)