And perhaps too many Union soldiers died unnecessarily because of Grant being in command through political influence. This is not a new thought with me but was expressed during Grant’s lifetime. There must be a reason why historian Albert Castel said to write about Rosecrans would require courage. Toppling the accepted story is never easy.Of course, but they didn't. Grant did and that is the actual history of the war, not a what-if. You may espouse all the what-ifs your heart desires. The simple fact is that Grant did defeat all those Confederate Generals - not anyone else, he did capture whole three of the enemy's forces - and no one else did, he did accept Lee's surrender - and no one else did. He did all those things whether some coulda-shoulda-woulda might or might not have happened.