About the Program
Joseph Wheelan recounts the Ulysses S. Grant-led Union Army's offensive into Virginia in May and June of 1864. The author reports that prior to Grant's incursion, Virginia had defended itself against four prior Union generals, and Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army felt assured they would defeat Grant. The author reports that over six weeks, Grant's Overland Campaign put an end to the South's offensive capabilities, which ultimately led to Lee's surrender close to a year later. Joseph Wheelan speaks at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, North Carolina.