I am Kyle M. Bondo and this War Yankee – Overland, my American Civil War history podcast that follows General Ulysses S. Grant and the Army of the Potomac on its 47-day, 113-mile military campaign south from Culpeper to Petersburg, Virginia. As the first episode in this War Yankee series, I want to begin with setting some expectations. You may be asking yourself:

  • Who is the War Yankee?
  • Why the Overland Campaign?
  • Why are you starting in the middle of the Civil War?

Those are great questions! Let me begin with some background about myself that will fill you in on what War Yankee is all about.

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“That Grant. He was the only War Yankee Lincoln had that was worth anything.”
— Grandpa

“The world will little note nor long remember what we say here but it can never forget what they did here.”
— President Abraham Lincoln, From the Gettysburg Address

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