Sunday, May 11, 2014

Grant's Bold Plan

Wednesday, May 11, 1864

At 8:30 A.M. this morning, from his headquarters near Spotsylvania Court House, Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant telegraphed Army Chief of Staff Major General Henry Halleck in Washington, D.C. this directive: "I purpose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer." While the Army of the James was fighting near Petersburg Grant was directing the Army of the Potomac near Spotsylvania in severe fighting in the Battle of the Wilderness on May 5 and 6 and at Spottsylvania from May 8. Grant planned to attack the Confederate capital at Richmond in a two-pronged attack.1

1S. Millett Thompson, Thirteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 : A Diary Covering Three Years and a Day (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888), 278.

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