We are about to embark on the 150th anniversary of the campaigns of 1864, and at the moment most attention has been focused on the Overland Campaign. Was Grant’s plan of operations in 1864 the best under the circumstances? Did Robert E. Lee fail to explore alternatives?
There’s very little talk about what the Confederates might have done. Lee certainly did not think the war was over, and he was eager to renew operations. As for the Union, at the moment people are talking about what Grant planned to do … we’ve had near-silence about Sherman, Johnston, and the options for waging war from Georgia to the Mississippi. What are your thoughts about the grand plan of 1864 and the concept of the Overland Campaign?