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 Posted: Sat Feb 16th, 2008 12:30 pm
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What a great thread.  I continue to be impressed with the knowledge on the Board.

The question was asked: "Could Grant have used a different strategy?"

The answer is no.  Could he have used different tactics?  Probably yes.

Strategy is the overall approach to running an army or a war for that matter.  It takes into account supplies, troop levels, politics, relations with the powers that be (in this case Lincoln), objectives, the state of the enemies troops and morale, etc.  Tactics are the methods for fighting the actual battles.

Grant and Lee were both master strategists.  They understood exactly what they had to do.  Both made lots of mistakes in tactics but neither lost sight of their objectives and the political climate in which they operated.

We can argue all day about Grant's tactics at Cold Harbor.  But the reality was that Grant knew he was in it for the long haul with the right strategy to end the War. 

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