Did Grant win the war or did Lee lose it?

I’m stuck on a History question and need an explanation.

Please use the Formal Proposal below as a guide to the following 3 steps:

1. Critical Bibliography, with the stricture that internet sources must be verified by published works. Each full bibliographical entry is to be supplemented with a short paragraph outlining how the book or article might be used for your topic.

2. Outline of 1 1/2 to 2 pp. of the proposal for a research paper to encapsulate the researches being conducted.

3. Smooth Draft, which is to include title page, full bibliography, text, and end notes. Length of text: 8-10 pp. keyboarded and double spaced.

Formal Proposal

The American Civil War took place between 1861 to 1865, fought between the Union, Northern States, and the Confederates, Southern States. One question that always comes up is who the better general was during the war. Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee went down in American history as the greatest generals in America. However one won the war and the other lost it. Did Grant win the war or did Lee lose it?


Grant and Lee: A study in Personality and Generalship by J.F.C Fuller

I’ll be using this source to generalize the different characteristics shown between Grant and Lee not only as a General but as common man. Grant always found simple solutions and he never wanted to stand out. His clear thinking in stressed scenarios was the reason he was constantly being promoted. Lee was extremely modest and kind. He had a close connection with his army and he firmly believed in what he was doing. Lee valued his state over his country so coming from Virginia he made the decision to fight for the south.

U.S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth (Civil War America) by Joan Waugh

Joan Waugh’s book speaks about the myths and stereotypes fenced on Grant. She clears up these myths by bringing in facts and other forms of evidence to show that Grant was in fact a true American hero.

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