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|You defined vision yourself by your own words, and you can't have vision without genius. Historian E. B. Long wrote "that all through 1863 Grant shows up more and more as a great organizer of war, a side of his genius too often submerged because of the more spectacular events he engineered." Long argued that "Lincoln recognized this ability when he ordered Grant east to take command of all the armies and to direct the total war strategy. Lincoln needed a general who could fight, but, even more, one who could coordinate." This acknowledgment of Grants vision and genius is recognized by most Civil War historians.