It's April 1864 -- Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant has placed his command in the field with the largest arm of the Union War Machine -- The Army of the Potomac. With his Headquarters now in Culpeper, Grant begins coordinating with the other forces arrayed around the Confederacy while also inspecting, talking to, and getting to know the soldiers of the Army of the Potomac. It is at this point that Grant has placed his trust in Meade and his senior generals to devise the opening moves of the Overland Campaign in just a few weeks.
"The only point upon which I am now in doubt is whether it will be better to cross the Rapidan above or below him."
-- Lt.Gen. Ulysses S. Grant
"'Man proposes and God disposes.' There are but few important events in the affairs of men brought about by their own choice."
-- Ethan S. Rafuse, U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College, quoting from Ulysses S. Grant's Memoirs
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