Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, Timothy H. O'Sullivan, June 1864

Lincoln’s New General

After General Ulysses S. Grant captured Vicksburg, Lincoln remarked, “Grant is my man, and I am his the rest of the war.” In 1864, Lincoln appointed Grant general-in-chief of the Union army. Grant developed a cohesive, overall plan to defeat the Confederacy, but Union forces continued to meet stiff resistance from the rebels. Indeed, Grant’s forces suffered staggering casualties at the battle of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor in May through June 1864.