Around the World with General Grant pp. 615-627

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At the end of this conversation, probably intended for public consumption, General Grant speculates that neither holding Richmond nor the surrender at Appomattox were military necessities.
The best military move, after Sherman invaded Georgia, was for Lee to give up Richmond and move South, which might have prolonged the war and forced a negotiated settlement.
In holding Richmond as long as he did, Lee put his duty as a citizen and leader of the South first.
You will have to read it for yourself.
 

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In holding Richmond as long as he did, Lee put his duty as a citizen and leader of the South first.
You will have to read it for yourself.
Grant's interviews, while he was on his around the world travels, are very insightful...

It's page 627 that Grant gives us an insight into the last days of the war... First, Lee's greatest blunder holding on to Richmond... Second, Why did Lee hold on to Richmond? ... One because of Davis or because Lee knew the war was over... Three, If Lee had not held on to Richmond the war would have last another year... so forth...
 

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Grant's interviews, while he was on his around the world travels, are very insightful...

It's page 627 that Grant gives us an insight into the last days of the war... First, Lee's greatest blunder holding on to Richmond... Second, Why did Lee hold on to Richmond? ... One because of Davis or because Lee knew the war was over... Three, If Lee had not held on to Richmond the war would have last another year... so forth...
It seems Lee waited a long time for Sheridan to refit his cavalry divisions. That served a dual purpose. It kept Davis off his back and made it less likely that the Confederates would escape westward. By March of 1865 the Confederacy was full of people who wanted the war to end, so getting transportation and logistics correct was a **** shoot.
 

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Grant's interviews, while he was on his around the world travels, are very insightful...

It's page 627 that Grant gives us an insight into the last days of the war... First, Lee's greatest blunder holding on to Richmond... Second, Why did Lee hold on to Richmond? ... One because of Davis or because Lee knew the war was over... Three, If Lee had not held on to Richmond the war would have last another year... so forth...
He was still sharp. He was reading quite a bit. And he and Young had time to edit out anything that created unnecessary controversy.
 

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And he and Young had time to edit out anything that created unnecessary controversy.
Grant was throwing a bone to Lee... He wonders aloud why Lee stayed and defend Richmond... He postulates notions that put Lee in a positive light. I think Lee knew the war was over by the fall of 1864...
 


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