Energy crisis: Why we should study Gen. Grant

Stephen Baker

I was walking through the University of Texas campus yesterday, looking at all these students wearing backpacks equipped with a water bottle. I thought of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. His big breakthrough came at the Battle of Vicksburg. With their control of Vicksburg, the Confederates plugged the Mississippi River. Grant wanted to circle his army around Vicksburg and attack them from behind, but this would have meant establishing massive and slow supply trains. So Grant did something radical: He went without supplies and fed his army off the ground.

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