Grant Outlasts Lee

Grant Outlasts Lee - Grant Outlasts Lee a. Grant Replaced...

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Grant Outlasts Lee a. Grant Replaced Meade i. Meade was blamed for failing to pursue Lee and was replaced by Grant ii. Lincoln wanted a general who would have the nerve to use the resources and men of the North to drive forward. Grant was his man iii. His plan was to attack the enemy at all fronts so that the enemy couldn’t assist one another iv. May and June 1864 – Wilderness Campaign – Grant surged towards Richmond and attacked in the Wilderness of Virginia. In this campaign, both sides had about 50,000 casualties v. June 1864 – Cold Harbor – A battle in which 7,000 Union men were killed or wounded in a few minutes b. Public Opinion i. Grant – His reputation as being “mad” was undeserved. His rate of loss was 1 in 10 soldiers ii. Lee – Lee was overrated. His rate of loss (at one casualty for every five soldiers) was the highest of any general of the war iii. Lee was the one who turned the eastern campaign into a war of attrition (who could last longer). With fewer men, Lee could no longer seize the offensive, as he had at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg,
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