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  •  Actually I've read that to a certain extent he did (5+ / 0-)

    predict Grant's actions with a fairly high rate of success. He missed Grant's slipping out of Cold Harbor and across the James, but he did predict where Grant would cross the Rappahannock, that he would then proceed to Spotslyvania and many of his other moves in the Overland campaign. However, Lee did this not as he did with many other generals, by thinking on their personal failings and acting accordingly, but rather by thinking "What would I do"? Grant was the only Union commander Lee faced where he asked himself that.

    Grant did similar things. After the fall of Fort Donelson in which his old friend Simon Bolivar Buckner was left to give up the fort and his forces after being abandoned by the two officers above him, Buckner said to Grant that had he been in charge, Grant would not have been left to march unmolested from Henry to Donelson. Grant's reply was something along the lines of "had you been in charge, I would not have come."

    Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

    by journeyman on Fri May 17, 2013 at 07:33:22 PM PDT

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