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According to Williams, “Grant was fundamentally superior to Lee because he had a modern mind and Lee did not. Lee was the last of the great old fashioned generals and Grant was the first of the great moderns.”
This opinion is hardly unique to the OP. See Major General J. F. C. Fuller ("Generalship of Ulysses S. Grant", "Grant and Lee") for an elaboration on this theme. Fuller, of course, knew a thing or two about modern war, and, for that matter, the problems with frontal assaults in the modern age (he planned the 1917 tank assault at Cambrai).