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The Wilderness Campaign$
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Gary W. Gallagher

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780807823347

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807835890_gallagher

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Our Hearts Are Full of Hope

Our Hearts Are Full of Hope

The Army of Northern Virginia in the Spring of 1864

(p.36) Our Hearts Are Full of Hope
The Wilderness Campaign

Gary W. Gallagher

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter counters the common notion that southern white morale sagged irretrievably following defeats at Gettysburg, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga in the summer and fall of 1863. Confederate successes at Olustee, Mansfield, Plymouth, and elsewhere lifted spirits across the South during the late winter and spring of 1864. Despite severe shortages of food and materiel, Lee's soldiers retained a solid faith in his leadership and hoped that a major victory in the upcoming campaign would depress northern morale and assure Confederate independence before the end of 1864.

Keywords:   Civil War, military campaigns, southern white morale, defeat, Confederates

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