The South's situation becomes increasing desperate against Grant's bloody war of attrition. War weariness grips the North as Lincoln barley survives re-election against McClellan. Sherman's March to the Sea strikes a dagger in the heart of Southern hopes. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse ends the major portion of the fighting. An assassin's bullet strikes down Lincoln. Reconstruction attempts to heal the nation with limited success while the legacy of the war leaves a bitter taste that lingers for decades.