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 Posted: Wed Oct 24th, 2012 07:20 pm
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I see alot of bantering here about tactics and little about strategy and logistics. First of all Strategy is the plan of action or policy in warfare, business or politics. Tactics are the execution of that strategy. In other words the action to those plans. Logistics, ah the down fall of many an amatuer armchair general. There's a saying among professional military people. "Amatuers discuss strategy, professionals talk Logistics."
Grant was an outstanding tactian, strategist and he knew how to run an army on the logistical side. Whether Lee had had equal numbers of troops and similar weapons, Grant still would have beat him. Lee fought for the most part of the early years, a spadoric group of commanders who did not follow thorugh with their plans. Grant developed a winning strategy in the west and applied it in the east. Yes Grant caused alot of casualities, but he did something that no Union general had done to Lee before. He came at him again and again, every day for three weeks straight! Unless you have the support you need you are not going to hold an enemy for long. Grant had forces constantly moving around Lee. Grant was the first American general to have an operational plan to go with the strategy. Before its okay we fight a battle, what did we accomplish what do we do next? Most of the CW generals on both sides couldn't grasp the concept what next? Grant did. Lee told Davis, if Grant pinned him down to a defensive position it was over. He knew.As for Petersburg Grant knew if he could take the vital rail and supply depot at Ptersburg he could cut Lee off and get where he wanted him, to protect Richmond.
As one of the other posters said this is being studied at St Cyr, West Point and other military academies. I have studied the war for over 35 years and have been deep into the study of Tactics and Stategy and Logistics. Though not perfect, Grant conducted a campaign, Overland, in the modern sense for the first time. And used a plan of Operations to keep the overall goal in sight.

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