The Confederacy had suffered dramatic defeats in recent months-Gettysburg, Vicksburg and Chattanooga-and was on
the ropes-with the Union gaining the upper hand of the war.
Even though the Confederacy was in high spirits,
it was on the verge of collapse. One more devastating defeat would see its cause fail and bring victory to the Union.
So when the opportunity arose to bring to an end the most deadly war on American soil, the Confederacy took the opportunity of capturing President Lincoln as he travelled to Gettysburg to honour the fallen.
Where was the best place to stage an ambush?
A small Pennsylvanian rail siding.
However the simple hit
and run assault turned into a rout for the Confederacy and the cream of its forces faced total annihilation?
leadership, poor intelligence, deceit, betrayal, greed, and misunderstood orders all played a big part in the bloody climax at Jettena Junction