Midpoint of the War: May to July 1863

The Army of Northern Virginia Moves North

What did Lincoln think of the rebel invasion?

Lincoln was, by now, the commander-in-chief in virtually all ways, but he still had never found a commanding general in whom he could rely. McDowell had been cashiered in 1861; McClellan had been a huge disappointment; Burnside had, in some ways, been even worse; and now Joe Hooker seemed unequal to the task.

General George B. Meade successfully led the Army of the Potomac against General Robert E. Lee.


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