Forget that nonsense you’ll hear from folks about “Gettysburg as the turning point of the Civil War.” Rather, Grant’s decision today–150 years ago–was the turning point of the war: Unable to get at Lee in the Wilderness, he decided he’d instead go around.
There’d be “no turning back,” he’d vowed, and on this day, he proved it.
I wrote about this turning point of the war last summer, at the close of Gettysburg’s sesquicentennial. At the Brock Road/Plank Road intersection, the momentum of the war shifted incontrovertibly in favor of the Federals.
If there was “a” turning point, it was today, 150 years ago.