Unformatted text preview: Grant thus started, knowing he started. He knew that he had the complete confidence of Lincoln. His own confidence never wavered. Grant urged General William T. Sherman toward Atlanta. He sent armies to Mobile, down the Shenandoah Valley, and one toward Richmond, the Confederate capital. Total war had begun. Grant stayed with General George Meade in northern Virginia, telling him, "Wherever Lee goes, there you will go also." In May 1864, the assault began. Grant's troops entered the Wilderness on May 5–and some of the worst fighting America has ever seen. The cavalry of J.E.B. Stuart–the eyes and ears of Lee's army–were engaged south of the Wilderness, and Lee attacked without knowing the full size of the 120,000-strong army Grant commanded. Had Grant moved faster he might have been able to escape the battle, but the sheer size of his...
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This note was uploaded on 12/25/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Summer '08 term at Texas State.
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