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|You can't say Grant was a bad commander. He realized his positive, including brute force, and used that as no other Northern commander had. He was the one who defeated Lee. If Grant had been at Chancellorsville one might wonder how much earlier the war would have been won. Just as Lee used his positives, his mobile and solid commanders, Grant used his strengths, his superiority of numbers and equipment. Maybe Grant was a poor commander, but he was the first to realize that Lee could be defeated, which deserves him some credit. Also no one can deny him his mastery of the overland campaign on Vicksburg.