Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Grant was not everyone's favorite commander during the Civil War. In fact, President Lincoln was his only major supporter. The reason for that was, unlike McLellan, the Union Army's Commander-in-Chief who was much adored by his troops because he never put them in harm's way, Grant was a dogged fighter.
Even though he won the battle [Shiloh], Grant came under severe fire for the number of casualties at Shiloh and was moved to a support role. Lincoln still thought highly of him, though. “I can't spare this man; he fights,” was the president’s assessment.