1863: Year of Decision

$ 30.00

Year of Decision – 1 night (2 hours).  The country had weathered nearly two years of bloody war by Jan. 1, 1863.  Although the Union had suffered a devastating loss at Fredericksburg, President Lincoln felt confident enough to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, in hopes of keeping England and France from throwing their support to the Confederacy. The Confederate victory at Chancellorsville came with a terrible price, Lee’s attempt to bring the war to the North was costly, and the North gained control of the entire Mississippi River with the fall of Vicksburg. The war would drag on for another 16 months, but neither side would be the same as 1863 drew to an end. 

Instructor:  Steven Wright

Fee:  $30

Thursday, July 25

Time:6:30 to 8:30 pm