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 Posted: Wed Feb 6th, 2008 07:25 pm
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Yes, Mary was a little daft. But, 17,000 dead in one month and nothing to show for it. Grant was no closer to capturing Richmond that when he started. In fact, Grant gave up on capturing Richmond and looked towards Petersburg.

Maybe Mary’s calling Grant a butcher was a political way of protecting her husband. Elections were coming soon and maybe by not condoning the deaths of 17,000 men, Mary was protecting her husband’s political future.

Has anyone ever looked at the public’s perception, via newspapers, of Grant’s loses? Something is clicking on a back burner that Grant suppressed the newspapers and would not let them publish the actual number of loses that he sustained.

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