Question of the Week: 6/10-6/16/19

In your opinion, what’s the key primary source or primary source quote for understanding the Overland Campaign?

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11 Responses to Question of the Week: 6/10-6/16/19

  1. Chris Kolakowski says:

    Gotta start with the ORs . . .

    And this from Grant: “I will fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.”

  2. Scott Shuster says:

    I agree Chris – “I propose to fight it out on this line if it takes all summer.” I actually found a couple of variations on this quote from Grant, but it demonstrates his resolve to defeat Lee.

  3. John Pryor says:

    Lee: We have to stop him before he gets to the James; otherwise it will just be a siege

    Grant: No, not that way, this way dammit!

  4. Chris Mackowski says:

    When Grant crosses the Rapidan and then says “There will be no turning back”–and then sticks to his vow–that pretty much sums it up. On Lee’s side, I agree with John, above. Lee realized once things devolved into a siege, it would just be a matter of time.

  5. Rhea Cole says:

    There are thousands of contemporary sources for the critical moment of the Overland Campaign. Soldiers of all ranks registered their wonder & renewed deiermination when they realized that Grant had ordered an advance after the confused fighting of the Wilderness. At last, they had a commander who knew how to fight to win.

  6. John Morden says:

    “Lee’s army will be your objective point. Wherever Lee goes, there you will go also…”

    • Chris Kolakowski says:

      That is a good one too. Up there with “Make all preparations for a night march on Spotsylvania Court House.”

    • Mike Burns says:

      Of course it wound up being, “where Meade went, Lee had to follow”.

  7. John Foskett says:

    I’d offer Rufus Ingalls’ statement about Spotsylvania – “The world never heard of war before.”

  8. Douglas Pauly says:

    Lincoln: “Press the thing!”

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