150 years ago today, General Grant instructed the Army of the Potomac’s General Meade that “Lee’s Army is to be your objective point . . . where ever he goes, there you will go also.” This was the first time the Army of the Potomac would embark on a major campaign without the cry of “On to Richmond!”
One year later to the day, Lee surrendered at Appomattox – a direct result of Grant’s strategy embodied in this order.