It is Feb. 22, 1864 and Abraham Lincoln has recently passed his 55th birthday.
There is no celebration as his presidency is not going well. The rebellion of the southern states was not quashed in a few months. Just the opposite in fact, it had been nearly three year-long years; the Federal deficit was growing exponentially … almost as rapidly as resources were depleting.
The Emancipation Act of 1863 had rankled the southern masses, frustrated more than a few Congressional Unionists and failed to achieve its primary goal. Citizens everywhere were tired, frustrated and suffering.