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 Posted: Sun Apr 13th, 2008 10:04 pm
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The commanding generals of the Army of the Potomac learned very early that the politicians and press in Washington were quick to pounce on a loser and declare him a traitor.  No other Federal army suffered the scrutiny and micromanagement that the AoP had.  It's no wonder that the commanders became risk-averse.

When Lincoln appointed Grant as general-in-chief, it was with the promise that Grant would have his full support and protection.  Grant accompanied Meade's army, not necessarily to supervise Meade, but to get away from the politicians in Washington.  Grant had huge responsibilities from the Potomac to the Trans-Mississippi, and probably hadn't planned to run the AoP with Meade as chief of staff.

If Meade really had been unsatisfactory, Grant might have replaced him.  But Meade kept his job for the last two years of the war, unhappy as he was under Grant.

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