six begins with a biographical comparison of Ulysses
S. Grant and
Robert E. Lee and then chronicles the extraordinary
series of battles that pitted the two generals against
each other from the wilderness
to Petersburg in Virginia. In 30 days, the two armies
lose more men than both sides have lost in three years
of war. With Grant and Lee finally deadlocked at Petersburg,
we visit the ghastly hospitals north and south and follow
Atlanta campaign through the mountains of north Georgia.
As the horrendous casualty lists increase, Lincoln’s
chances for re-election begin to dim, and with them
the possibility of Union victory.
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