Lt. Colonel Theodore Lyman, an aide to Major General George Meade, summarized the Overland Campaign with this simple observation:
“It is a rule that, when the Rebels halt, the first day gives them a good rifle-pit; the second, a regular infantry parapet with artillery in position; and the third a parapet with an abatis in front and entrenched batteries behind. Sometimes they put this three days’ work into the first twenty-four hours”
Grant’s strategic plan for the campaign seemed simple enough, but with overly-intricate movements combined with unrealistic time schedules, Lee was able to beat Grant to key strategic points throughout the campaign.