Brady and Co., Grant at Headquarters, Cold Harbor, Virginia, 1864
In June of 1864 when this photograph was taken, Grant was one month into his Virginia campaign against Lee. Already he was troubled by the determination of his antagonist, just as Lee was frustrated by the relentless pressure exerted on him by the Union forces. Grant additionally was under strong criticism for the heavy losses suffered by his Army of the Potomac. He was sustained, however, by unfailing support from President Abraham Lincoln. Grant never lost confidence in his ability to win a total victory, which he would achieve eleven months later.
Photograph courtesy of the Library of Congress