On January 12th, Francis P. Blair, the man who had unsuccessfully communicated President Lincoln's offer to Robert E. Lee to command all United States Forces, arrived in Richmond, Virginia to meet with Confederate leaders with a proposal for a peace conference.
From January 13-16, Union and Confederate forces battled over the strategically vital Fort Fisher, the guardian of the port of Wilmington, North Carolina. Using a combined force of soldiers and Navy ships, the Union captured the fort, ending the Confederates use of the port for blockade runners which were supplying the embattled Army of Northern Virginia.
After a month regrouping in Savannah, William T. Sherman put his troops again on the advance, marching northwards into South Carolina.
On the 31st, Jefferson Davis appointed Robert E. Lee to the command of all remaining Confederate forces. Also on that day, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 13th amendment to the Constitution, outlawing slavery.
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