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“During the final year of the war, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant employed his overwhelming superiority in manpower to defeat the Confederacy. Simply stated, Grant’s plan was to mobilize every available man, apply pressure on all fronts, and stretch the Confederacy to enable forces under Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman to break up one of the two primary Confederate commands, the Army of Tennessee. Then, with all other forces maintaining the same stranglehold, Sherman’s army was to devastate the Confederate military infrastructure — its railroads, its factories, its agriculture, and its labor supply — thus bringing the Confederacy to its knees.”
— Why the Confederacy Lost, 1992