Union troops marched into the Confederate capital…Richmond, Virginia after 4 long years of war. In May of 1862, the Army of the Potomac came to within site of its goal, but the poor generalship of George McClellan kept the city out of reach. Richmond stood just 108 miles from Washington, yet to Lincoln and the Union forces it seemed a continent away.
Upon learning that Richmond was finally… in Union hands, Lincoln felt tremendous relief, but was not satisfied, “Thank God that I have lived to see this! It seems to me that I have been dreaming a horrid dream for four years, and now the nightmare is gone. I want to see Richmond.”– Abraham Lincoln
In one of the defining moments of the struggle… Lincoln was going to travel to Richmond. The blood and the treasure spent capturing this prize demanded the Commander-in-Chief’s presence to bring true closure to this chapter of history. Lincoln was that type of leader.