Kyle Bondo explores the Union Army officers and how they were selected for leadership positions within Grant’s Army of the Potomac.
It’s May 1864, You are an officer in the Army of the Potomac during the first week of the Overland Campaign leading men into The Wilderness against the Confederacy. As you struggle to maneuver your soldiers in a straight enough line to engage the rebels within this 70-square-mile tract of thickets and dense forest… you may ask yourself… How did I get here?
“Let no man be so rash as to suppose that in donning a general’s uniform, he is forthwith competent to perform a general’s functions.”
— Prof. Dennis Hart Mahan, USMA (1824-1871)
“[I] hail the day [I] left public office as the happiest of my life, except possibly the day I left West Point, a place I felt I had been at always and that my stay had no end.”
— Lt.Gen. Ulysses S. Grant (1871)
“I was always a friend of southern rights but an enemy of southern wrongs.”
— Maj.Gen. Benjamin Butler (1861)
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