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| I am well aware of what General Grant's position was in the spring of 1864. But he was traveling with the AOP and was, in effect, commanding the AOP. That is why I mentioned his instructions to General Meade.
In the East, General Grant's objective was the DESTRUCTION of the ANV. It wasn't to keep it from dispatching reinforcements to other commands. The entire campaign conducted in the closing stages of the war was attrition warfare. It wasn't a single battle. Grant continued to maneuver to negate the natural advantages defenders would have in prepared positions.