Worst Week

This was the worst week of the war. The nation took one great trip-hammer blow after another—vast, numbing shocks.

It was a worse week for the U.S. than the fall of France; it was the worst week of the Century. Such a week had not come to the U.S. since the blackest days of the Civil War.

Now, as in 1864, the fate of the nation was plainly in the balance. Now, as in 1864, only immediate and sustained miracles of effort and speed could tip the scales in the nation's favor.

As the week...