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Old August 18th, 2012, 04:38 AM   #1

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Gordon Rhea is the author of a four-part series on Ulysses Grant's 1864 Overland Campaign, covering the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Courthouse, the North Anna, and Cold Harbor.

Anybody read these works?
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I've read all of those. Rhea's work is very, very good, with excellent detail, and I like how he shines the spotlight on how the awkward Grant-Meade command structure often hurt more than it helped. He demolishes the age-old myth of Grant losing 7,000 men in 30 minutes at Cold Harbor; it was somewhat over 4,000 over the course of hours, and Grant had little to do with the tactical details of the affair. Rather surprisingly, he also points that rather than the conception of it being a obviously suicidal affair, the Union high command had legitimate reason to believe Lee's army was nearing the breaking point.
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