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In March 1864, Grant was summoned from the [[Western Theater of the American Civil War|Western Theater]], promoted to lieutenant general, and given command of all Union armies. He chose to make his headquarters with the Army of the Potomac, although Meade retained formal command of that army. Maj. Gen. [[William Tecumseh Sherman]] succeeded Grant in command of most of the western armies. Grant, [[President of the United States|President]] [[Abraham Lincoln]], and [[United States Secretary of War|Secretary of War]] [[Edwin Stanton]] devised a coordinated strategy that would strike at the heart of the Confederacy from multiple directions, including attacks against Lee near [[Richmond, Virginia]], and in the [[Shenandoah Valley]], [[West Virginia]], [[Georgia (U.S. state)|Georgia]], and [[Mobile, Alabama]]. This was the first time the Union armies would have a coordinated offensive strategy across a number of theaters.<ref>Salmon, p. 251; Grimsley, p. 3.</ref>
 
In March 1864, Grant was summoned from the [[Western Theater of the American Civil War|Western Theater]], promoted to lieutenant general, and given command of all Union armies. He chose to make his headquarters with the Army of the Potomac, although Meade retained formal command of that army. Maj. Gen. [[William Tecumseh Sherman]] succeeded Grant in command of most of the western armies. Grant, [[President of the United States|President]] [[Abraham Lincoln]], and [[United States Secretary of War|Secretary of War]] [[Edwin Stanton]] devised a coordinated strategy that would strike at the heart of the Confederacy from multiple directions, including attacks against Lee near [[Richmond, Virginia]], and in the [[Shenandoah Valley]], [[West Virginia]], [[Georgia (U.S. state)|Georgia]], and [[Mobile, Alabama]]. This was the first time the Union armies would have a coordinated offensive strategy across a number of theaters.<ref>Salmon, p. 251; Grimsley, p. 3.</ref>
   
Grant's campaign objective was not the Confederate capital of Richmond, but the destruction of Lee's army. Lincoln had long advocated this strategy for his generals, recognizing that the city would certainly fall after the loss of its principal defensive army. Grant ordered Meade, "Wherever Lee goes, there you will go also."<ref>Hattaway & Jones, p. 525; Trudeau, pp. 29&ndash;30.</ref> Although he hoped for a quick, decisive battle, Grant was prepared to fight a [[attrition warfare|war of attrition]]. Both Union and Confederate casualties could be high, but the Union had greater resources to replace lost soldiers and equipment.<ref>Rhea, pp. 46&ndash;47; Eicher, pp. 661&ndash;62.</ref>
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Grant's campaign objective was not the Confederate capital of Richmond, but the destruction of Lee's army. Lincoln had long advocated this strategy for his generals, recognizing that the city would certainly fall after the loss of its principal defensive army. Grant ordered Meade, "Wherever Lee goes, there you will go also."<ref>Hattaway & Jones, p. 525; Trudeau, pp. 29&ndash;30.</ref> Although he hoped for a quick, decisive battle, Grant was prepared to fight a [[attrition warfare|war of attrition]]. Both Union and Confederate casualties could be high, but the Union had greater resources to replace lost soldiers and equipment.<ref>Rhea, pp. 46&ndash;47; Eicher, pp. 661&ndash;62.</ref> I hate Santa
   
 
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