16.3 No End in Sight. Union Victories in the West. Ulysses S. Grant was a successful general in the West. His strategy: Find out where your enemy is, get at him as soon as you can, strike at him as hard as you can, and keep moving on.
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During the night, Grant received a fresh supply of troops and he forced the Southern troops to retreat the next day.
Union casualties: 13,000
Confederate casualties: 11,000
Congress was distressed over the Union casualties and wanted Grant removed because of the high casualties, but Lincoln (commander in chief) was thrilled that he had finally found a general who would take the fight to the Rebels.
On April 25, 1862, David Farragut captured New Orleans.
This was a problem for the South because it was one more step towards control of the Mississippi.
This left only 150 miles of the Mississippi that was controlled by the Confederacy.
The remaining obstacle to Union control was Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Lee C northwestern Tennessee. laims Victories in the East
In the spring of 1862, McClellan finally made a move to capture Richmond (this would be the second attempt).
McClellan succeeded in getting to within a few miles of the city.
One problem: in June, 1862, Robert E. Lee took charge of the Army of Northern Virginia and turned the tables on McClellan. This was known as the Seven Days’ Battles because the two fought for a week with the end result that
McClellan northwestern Tennessee. suffered fewer casualties, but he ran back out of Virginia and didn’t chase Lee down.