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William T. Sherman and Ulysses S. Grant war Strategies

Both Grant and Sherman pursued a new type of warfare. Briefly explain the change in strategy these men employed and point out a battle or campaign in which each man used their new strategy and tell if the strategy was effective or not.

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William T. Sherman and Ulysses S. Grant

First, let's meet the two Generals of the Civil War.

Ulysses S. Grant - Grant commanded the Army for the North and was a shy and sloppy son of a storekeeper. He was a West Point grad, but he'd resigned his commission to avoid a court martial for drunkenness. He rejoined the army and rose through the ranks to command mainly because, unlike some of his contemporaries, he was unafraid of his enemies. He eventually became the military commander during the Civil War and post-war Reconstruction periods and the 18th President of the United States (Wiegand, 2009).

William T. Sherman - Sherman spent many of his prewar years moving between the old South and the new West. A conservative terrified by the anarchy he saw in secession, Sherman resigned his position as superintendent of a Louisiana military academy in 1861 and went North to endure defeat at Bull Run and humiliation in the press for his pessimistic views of Union prospects in Kentucky. His fortunes changed at Shiloh, where he regained his confidence and won the admiration and friendship of Ulysses S. Grant. Sherman became Grant's most trusted subordinate, and over the next 18 months learned much from his commander about the irrelevancy of orthodox strategy to the realities of civil war in America (Library of America, 2011). He succeeded Grant as commander in chief in 1869 and remained in that post until 1883.

Warfare Strategy:
?At sea, the North's objective was to blockade the Southern coast and cut off the South's ability to trade its cotton in Europe for arms and supplies.
?The Union Navy had a number of ships and guns, but the South somehow managed to scrounge up a navy of its own from refitted private ships built for the South of England. One such vessel was called the Merrimac which was a Union ship that was sunk by the Confederacy. The South raised it, covered it in iron plates, and renamed it the Virginia.
?But the North's own hastily constructed ironclad ship, the Monitor, showed up and on March 9, 1862, the two met in battle that ended up with the Monitor sunk, and the Virginia burned - a tie!
?After a slow start, however, the ...

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The solution descibes the new type of warfare pursued by William T. Sherman and Ulysses S. Grant. It futher discusses the change in strategy these men employed and point out a battle or campaign in which each man used their new strategy and how or if these strategies were successful. The references are formatted using APA styling which you are welcome to use should you find necessary.

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