James McPherson in Ordeal by Fire, why did Lee surrender to Grant?

Introduction: Military strength and strategy obviously play a significant role in determining the outcome of any war. In the case of the Civil War, many other factors contributed to its outcome. Historians have spent a great deal of time analyzing and debating the causes of Lee’s surrender to Grant in 1865, which, for all intents and purposes, ended the Civil War. Considering the evidence presented in class and the perspectives posited by James McPherson in Ordeal by Fire, why did Lee surrender to Grant? TASK: Write a 400-500 word essay answering the question, “Why did General Lee ultimately surrender to General Grant?” You should consider what you have read so far in Ordeal by Fire as well as class lectures, discussions, and primary source texts used in class. Include text evidence from diverse sources to support your thesis. Role/Purpose: This assignment serves an analytical purpose. You are being asked to answer a controversial question with many theses. You must demonstrate that you can present a clear answer to the task question and successfully support your answer in a scholarly manner through formal writing. Audience: Assume that you are writing an academic paper for an undergraduate conference on the causes of the Civil War. Also assume that your audience has NOT read this assignment or any of the assigned reading materials and will attend your conference session because your title hooked their interest.

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