Fourth year of war brings more Confederate misfortune

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Fourth year of war brings more Confederate misfortune
BY TIM ISBELL

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TIM ISBELLAs the final year of the war began, Confederate misfortune continued to mount with defeats at Franklin and Nashville, Tenn., and an ongoing siege at Petersburg, Va.


The year 1864 had been terrible for the Confederacy as their fortunes continued to diminish. The year had been one of defeats, lost ground and the depletion of an already small fighting force. While 1864 was bad, 1865 promised to be even worse as more soldiers, wearing blue and gray, continued to give their last full measure of devotion.

When Ulysses S. Grant was given overall command of the Union army, there was a shift in tactics. Richmond was no longer the prize. For Grant, destroying Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia would bring about an end to the war.

Lee scored victories during Grant's Overland Campaign of 1864. The last significant Confederate victory was at Cold Harbor but Grant didn't retreat after that setback. Unlike the generals before him, Abraham Lincoln had finally found a general that would fight.


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Fourth year of war brings more Confederate misfortune
BY TIM ISBELL

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TIM ISBELLAs the final year of the war began, Confederate misfortune continued to mount with defeats at Franklin and Nashville, Tenn., and an ongoing siege at Petersburg, Va.


The year 1864 had been terrible for the Confederacy as their fortunes continued to diminish. The year had been one of defeats, lost ground and the depletion of an already small fighting force. While 1864 was bad, 1865 promised to be even worse as more soldiers, wearing blue and gray, continued to give their last full measure of devotion.

When Ulysses S. Grant was given overall command of the Union army, there was a shift in tactics. Richmond was no longer the prize. For Grant, destroying Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia would bring about an end to the war.

Lee scored victories during Grant's Overland Campaign of 1864. The last significant Confederate victory was at Cold Harbor but Grant didn't retreat after that setback. Unlike the generals before him, Abraham Lincoln had finally found a general that would fight.


Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2015/01/03/5998813_fourth-year-of-war-brings-more.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy
I suppose calling them victories over Grant in 1864 is correct. However, Grant was fighting a war of attrition. Grant had about 120,000 troops and Lee had about 60,000 troops in 1864. Grant's strategy was to attack Lee and never retreat until Lee could fight no more. Losing men at high rates and losing battles while Lee retreated were part of a plan to end Lee's ANV and the war.
 
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