Kyle Bondo focuses in on the most influential figure of Overland Campaign, Ulysses S. Grant, and how his promotion to Commander of the United States Army is the military shake-up Lincoln hopes will end the war.

War Yankee – Overland

Overland.03: Center of the Storm


It is May 1864, and President Lincoln has now promoted Ulysses S. Grant — the hero of the Western Theater — to the rank of Lieutenant General — a rank only held in wartime by George Washington. Grant’s task is to now lead the Union army against the Confederate rebels during the most unstable time in United States history. If Grant fails, it could lead to peace with the Confederates and a continuation of slavery in North America for generations to come. The wartime stakes could never be higher!


“Well, I wish some of you would tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.”
— President Abraham Lincoln

“I can’t spare this man–he fights.”
— President Abraham Lincoln

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Written by : Kyle Bondo

Kyle Bondo is a US Navy veteran, podcaster, and amateur historian from Fredericksburg, Virginia. War Yankee - Overland is his first American Civil War podcast that follows Lt.Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's Overland Campaign from May-June 1864. Visit for more tales of woe from Kyle!