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Author Rafuse, Ethan S

Title McClellan's War : the Failure of Moderation in the Struggle for the Union
Published Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press, 2011


Description 1 online resource (544 pages)
Contents "Traditions and associations ... were all on the side of the old Whig Party" -- "I can do as well as anyone in both my studies and my military duties" -- Political realignment -- "A strong Democrat of the Stephen A. Douglas school" -- To kill secession -- "A new and strange position" -- Supreme command -- "You have no idea of the pressure brought to bear here" -- "What do you think of the science of generalship?" -- The Peninsula campaign -- "I do not like the ... turn that affairs are taking" -- "He has acted badly" -- "To meet the necessities of the moment" -- "The most terrible battle" -- "It is my duty to submit to the presdt's proclamation & quietly continue doing my duty" -- The last campaign
Summary Bold, brash, and full of ambition, George Brinton McClellan seemed destined for greatness when he assumed command of all the Union armies before he was 35. It was not to be. Ultimately deemed a failure on the battlefield by Abraham Lincoln, he was finally dismissed from command following the bloody battle of Antietam. To better understand this fascinating, however flawed, character, Ethan S. Rafuse considers the broad and complicated political climate of the earlier 19th century. Rather than blaming McClellan for the Union's military losses, Rafuse attempts to understand his political thinking
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 489-508) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject McClellan, George B. (George Brinton), 1826-1885 -- Military leadership
McClellan, George B. (George Brinton), 1826-1885.
McClellan, George B. (George Brinton), 1826-1885.
United States. Army -- Biography.
United States. Army
Generals -- United States -- Biography
Command of troops -- History -- 19th century
Strategy -- History -- 19th century
Command of troops
Military campaigns
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns.
United States
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780253006141