#79 Council of War Lincoln & Grant November 1, 1864

Northern Headquarters Nov. 1, 1864


President Lincoln met with the commanding officer in charge of the Northern Army, General Grant, this afternoon. The two men discussed the current campaigns and battle plans for the future. Lincoln hopes that the fighting will end soon and that the weary soldiers on both sides will be able to rejoin their families. Military maps were studied by both men and Grant revealed some of the Union's strategic moves to the president. Discussing future plans, General Grant was optimistic that the war would end within the year. He believed that the North's military strength was just nearing its peak and gave as evidence the recent shattering victories over the Confederate Army. Lincoln expressed his great confidence in Grant's decisions.