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|I think Lincoln felt his generals in the east needed to be pushed into taking action. I'm sure they felt like he was interfering and they weren't ready etc. Out west out of the limelight of the media the Union forces had more leeway to an extent. By the time Grant comes east he has a proven track record of winning battles. Lincoln stood by Grant because despite not winning until Petersburg he was inflicting major damage on the Army of Northern Virginia. Which meant victory was only a matter of time.