Reading the Old South Books Feb. 2014 reprint of the "History of the 24th Michigan Infantry of the Iron Brigade" penned in 1891 by this honored veteran, one comes across many fascinating stories, much to be amazed about, many poignant vignettes. And the occasional historical perspective composed with flair. Written decades afterward, here is what our author had to say about the situation in April 1864 in the Army of the Potomac:
"At last the army had a commander, one who would brook no interference from the meddlesome marplots who infested the war office and confused plans and their execution. The President had let the contract of finishing up the rebellion to Ulysses S. Grant, without condition or interference from headless subheads. The confident belief was that the task would be accomplished though at the cost of much blood. Still if it be not spilled in vain, and the lives lost would only count for some good result, the men were willing for the sacrifice." (pp. 231-2)
So, why don't you tell us how you really feel? One-hundred-fifty years ago this month, this was the dynamic change in the Union command structure that would indeed 'fulfill the contract.'