“The distance transported is nearly 1,400 miles, about equally divided between land and water. ” Strategic Moves in the Winter of 1865

By January 1865, even a biased observer of the Civil War would have to agree the final acts were due to play out within months. But before the curtain would open on the next rounds, several actors had to move about on the stage. As some of the fall 1864 campaigns reached conclusions, the demands of January 1865 prompted movement of troops across theaters. Both Federal and Confederate troops were in motion that month. There are three movements which I’d highlight as rather important to the last phases of the Civil War.