- Oct 26, 2012
Might as well say Sherman had a free ride through Georgia. Some say great, I say not so great.I don't disagree with you. I believe Grant was a superior general strategically (He and Sherman were by far better than the other Northern commanders with the possible exception of McClellan). Meade was very good tactically, and I believe Grant recognized this, and Meade excelled at "handling 100,000 men," which Grant also recognized.
I'm not sure the Overland route was Grant's first choice either.
Grant never did learn about piecemeal frontal attacks. Meade kept him from ruining the Union Army. Took 6 Months to build his army back up after Cold Harbor. The breakout at Petersburg was an invention of Upton from the battle of Spotsylvania. I wonder who set that play for him, Meade?