In this episode of Black's History Week, Professor Jeremy Black explains to The Critic's deputy editor, Graham Stewart, how the Confederate forces hoped to overcome the superior numbers and resources of the North and assesses whether they stood a realistic chance of winning.
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Image: June 1862, Captain John T Tidball of the Union Army poses with his staff at Fair Oakes, Virginia, during the American Civil War. (Photo by J. F. Gibson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)