Dear Uncle Ted,
Who was the better Civil War general: Ulysses S. Grant or Robert E. Lee?
– Kilrain of the 20th Maine
This is the sort of question that doctoral theses are written about, Kilrain, and trying to give you a reasoned, well-supported answer would take too much time away from my afternoon bikram yoga session.
Let me say this: Grant was an intuitive battlefield manager, gutsy and an inspiration to his men. His decisive victory at Vicksburg along with his successful Union strategy demonstrated tenacity and boosted the morale of the country. Many have argued that but for his leadership, the war might have dragged on for many more years.
No one ever escaped capture by Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in a souped-up ’69 Dodge Charger named the General Grant, however.