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|Borderruffian, you are putting Grant down for mistakes, okay he did make some. But so did Lee. The thing that separates Grant from the rest is he didn't let defeat stop him, or make him so deflated that he pissed and moaned and sulked in his tent. He went back, rehashed the plans and tried again. Hitting the enemy once, being rebuffed and stopping was not winning the war. ALL commanders and armies get a bloody nose first time out. Rommel echoed Wellington when the British attacked him in North Africa using the same tactics as before. "They came on in the same old way, and we defeated them in the same old way." Its been done numerous times by generals in history. Even Cleburne messed up his first battle. Hey, stop assess what happened, regroup, rearrange and hit again before the enemy catches his breath! That's what separates Grant from the rest. That plan of operation, keep going adjust but keep that ultimate goal in place. That's what wins campaigns and wars.