Kyle Bondo focuses on Ulysses S. Grant’s choice to move his command into the field and join General George Meade and the Army of the Potomac in making preparations to enter The Wilderness.

War Yankee – Overland

Overland.04: View From Cincinnati


It’s March 1864 — Newly promoted Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the newly formed United States Army, has decided to place his command in the field with the largest arm of the Union War Machine: The Army of the Potomac. Still encamped outside Culpeper, Virginia, this 120,000 man force has been staring across the Rapidan River at their Confederate adversaries to the South all Winter. Within the next 8 weeks, Grant will launch this army South, directly into the teeth of General Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia, and begin the bloodiest military campaign of the Civil War: The Overland Campaign.


“The Army of the Potomac is in splendid condition and evidently feels like whipping somebody; I feel much better with this command than I did before seeing it.”
— Lt.Gen. Ulysses S. Grant

“Probably no army on earth every before was in better condition in every respect.”
— Brig.Gen. Rufus Ingalls, Quartermaster General, Army of the Potomac

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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!