The epic battlefield encounters in Virginia between Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee from 1864 to 1865 constitute one the fiercest and bloodiest military rivalries in American history. The contrasting leadership styles of these starkly different commanders—Grant the relentless attacker, and Lee the risk-taking defender, one a plain-born westerner, the other an aristocratic Southerner—have inspired fierce debate for a century and a half.
John F. Marszalek is William L. Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Mississippi State University. Craig L. Symonds is Ernest J. King Chair of Maritime History at the U.S. Naval War College. Harold Holzer (moderator) is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 50 books on Lincoln and the Civil War Era.
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