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 Posted: Tue Aug 15th, 2006 02:04 pm
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James Longstreet wrote: I dont think Grant shouldve been credited as being such a great general as he now is, I think he should even be criticized for his bloody defeats against Lee, like Cold Harbor.  I mean it took Grant a 10 month siege to wear down Lee's scrawny army.  If the odds were reversed, with Lee outnumbering Grant two to one, I doubt Grant would last half as long as Lee did.


Ah, reality. While we are talking alternate history, what if Grant had been in command of the AOP from the beginning or at least around the time of the Seven Days (that being about the time that Lee took command as well, following Seven Pines?) You think there would have still been the Union losses at 2nd Manassas, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, etc.? If somehow the Battle of Antietam had still been fought, would Grant have let the noose loose like McClellan did and pass up the opportunity to crush the ANV?

BTW, once Grant took overall command, he lost fewer men, percentage-wise, than Lee did.

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