Yes, it is painful.
No, it is not painful.
true. Grant figured out that he could continue to lose 2-3 soldiers for every Confederate loss and still come out on top. I'm not really sure I would call that any kind of strategic brilliance.What Lee learned, to his dismay, is winning battles is meaningless unless you win the war.
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
He also realized, unlike previous Generals, that the war would not be won in a single battle. And he knew without the Army of Northern Virginia there would be nothing to stop the North from getting into Virginia, where yes the center power of the Confederacy lay in cities like Richmond, but those cities could not be taken and the people would not stop fighting while there was still an ANV.
But yes his tactics on the battlefield? Not exactly impressive.
Actually it is. The single quickest, strongest, best path to victory for the North was to stop dicking around and go to an all out war of attrition, and say what you want about Grant(such as he was a terrible tactician, not entirely false), but strategically he was exceptional, and he showed the will to continue with his strategy, which was not easy. The south had what was probably the best tactical leader of the era in Lee, and previous to Grant, the North mostly fought Lee in ways that accentuated Lee's strength. Grant, for all the **** he is given, was the one general who managed to take Lee's strength away from him.
Does anyone besides me not get what this poll is about...
- Colonel Paul YinglingNobody who wins a war indulges in a bifurcated definition of victory. War is a political act; victory and defeat have meaning only in political terms. A country incapable of achieving its political objectives at an acceptable cost is losing the war, regardless of battlefield events.
Bifurcating victory (e.g. winning militarily, losing politically) is a useful salve for defeated armies. The "stab in the back" narrative helped take the sting out of failure for German generals after WWI and their American counterparts after Vietnam.
All the same, it's nonsense. To paraphrase Vince Lombardi, show me a political loser, and I'll show you a loser.
Richmond was the capital and gravitas of the Confederacy. The turning point was Lee's decision to abandon the city. The Army of Northern Virginia lost all vestige of momentum and never recovered from this event.
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