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Cold Harbor To the CraterThe End of the Overland Campaign$
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Gary W. Gallagher and Caroline E. Janney

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469625331

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625331.001.0001

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The Two Generals Who Resist Each Other

The Two Generals Who Resist Each Other

Perceptions of Grant and Lee in the Summer of 1864

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(p.1) The Two Generals Who Resist Each Other
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Cold Harbor To the Crater
Author(s):

Gary W. Gallagher

Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625331.003.0001

Gary W. Gallagher’s opening essay focuses on Grant and Lee, who occupied singular positions in their respective nations. Both were compared to George Washington, a sure indication that fellow citizens invested substantial emotional capital in their leadership. As the Overland campaign ground toward its conclusion, with escalating losses and no clear indication that either side was winning, Grant and Lee came under intense scrutiny from newspapers, civilians, soldiers in their armies, and foreign observers. This essay assesses why Grant received harsher critiques, exploring, among other factors, the different political environments in the two nations, how previous operations affected civilian perceptions, and the relationships between Grant and Lee and their soldiers.

Keywords:   U. S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Civilian Perceptions, Newspapers, Cold Harbor, Overland Campaign

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