APRIL 1st, 1865: The positions of the opposing forces on this date demonstrated vividly what superiority afloat had meant to the North in this giant struggle that decided the future of the nation. From his overflowing supply bases on the James River at City Point, only a few miles from General Lee's lines, General Grant was on the move for the final battle of the long saga in Virginia. Lee surrendered just eight days later.
To the South, in North Carolina, backed by his seaport bases at New Bern and Wilmington, Sherman's massive armies were joined to strike Gen. Johnston at the capital city of Raleigh.
Charleston and Savannah were Union bases.