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Overland 03: Center of the Storm
The promotion of Ulysses S. Grant to Commander of the US Army as a Lieutenant General -- a rank only held in wartime by George Washington -- is the shake-up Lincoln hopes will end the war.
Overland Season 1 - Episode 3
In This Episode
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
“All [President Lincoln] wanted or had ever wanted was someone who would take the responsiblity and act, and call on him for all the assistance needed, pledgin himself to use all the power of government in rendering such assistance.”
— Ulysses S. Grant, from his memoir recalling the first private interview with President Lincoln
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