Grant arrived in Washington to receive his new promotion on March 8, 1864. He then set about establishing a multi-theater campaign unlike anything yet attempted in the Civil War. Again, Grant's strategy revolved around continually killing Confederate soldiers–a brutal but effective plan. He knew he could wear down the enemy long before his own forces became depleted. In order for the strategy to work, however, he needed to keep up a constant pressure on the Confederate armies, who were under the command of Robert E. Lee. The western campaign had been hugely successful, cutting the Confederacy in two at the Mississippi River and reclaiming much of the land lost when the western states conceded. In the eastern theater, however, there had been little more than skirmishes for the better part of a year. Grant thus started, knowing he started. He knew that he had the complete confidence of
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