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grant's objective everywhere, and at all times, is the destruction of confederate armies.
he succeeds at vicksburg and appomattox and captures a large force at fort donelson.
in northern virginia the operational area is quite a bit more constricted than out west...
Grant's objective at Vicksburg was not the destruction of the Confederate Army. It was to take Vicksburg. The 20,000 men Pemberton had left were paroled instead of sent North. Grant's next move? He sent Sherman to lay siege to Jackson, MS. Grant was fond of siege warfare apparently.