- Sep 19, 2014
Do you have evidence that Grant would have conducted a campaign similar to the March to the Sea? Grant was initially reluctant for Sherman to do so, preferring that Sherman go after Hood, until Sherman convinced him otherwise.General David Petraeus is a big fan of Grant, and speaks highly of his tactical and strategic abilities. Gary Gallagher has said that the Overland campaign was not Grant’s first choice. He would have done several campaigns into the South, similar to Sherman’s. Sherman’s March to the sea was a version of this idea. However Washington was focused on Robert E. Lee, so Grant did what was expected of him and faced off. To this day he “wears” it while Lincoln doesn’t.