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by George B. McClellan

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Little Mac was a very good trainer of troops, and his men loved him. I think he created one of the best peace-time armies ever. It was the Army of the Potomac. But it wasn't the army that the USA needed in 1862.
His army defended itself very well in the Peninsula but failed to launch a good offensive at Antietam. Thus Mac and Hooker remain the two biggest disappointments in the War in the East.
This collection of letters is a considerable addition to the scholarship on the Civil War, but the imputation has been made that Sears had already passed his opinion on MacClellan in his book, "The Landscape turned Red." Worth reading, but there's always that suspicion the selection might be a bit skewed to reinforce Sears' other works. ( )
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General George B. McClellan, the self-styled American Napoleon, is one of the most controversial figures of the American Civil War. General-in-chief of the entire Union army at one point, he led the Army of the Potomac through the disaster at Antietam Creek, was subsequently dismissed by Lincoln, and then ran against him in the 1864 presidential campaign. This collection of McClellan's candid letters about himself, his motivations, and his intentions reveals much fresh information on the military operations and political machinations he was involved with, and sheds new light on his complex personality. Stephen Sears, a Civil War expert, prize-winning author, and biographer of McClellan, here lets this once-removed and now notorious commander speak of himself, providing us with an important first-hand view of what went on behind the scenes of America's greatest and most awful war.

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