I took a whole course on the Civil War, and being a history buff, it’s something I have some passing knowledge about (that is, more than most, but it’s not my interest or my specialty). That said, it didn’t occur to me how the north had won that battle, strategy-wise, until I saw this visual representation of the war from Lincoln’s election until the south surrendered.

For years, they just sort of hammered away at each other’s edges until they either got the idea or just finally managed to carve the south in two by working thier way down the Mississippi river. Sherman’s march to the sea was all about creating another line, cutting up the south once again, blocking off supplies and reinforcements from one part of the south to another. Once they got that Mississippi line down the middle, the south was screwed.

Great battle strategy stuff.

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