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There was no more remarkable pair in the Civil War than Abraham Lincoln and George McClellan. At only 35 years old, McClellan commanded the Ohio troops early in the war, and won skirmishes for the Union in western Virginia. After the disastrous Union defeat at Bull Run in the summer of 1861, Lincoln sent word for McClellan to come to Washington, and soon elevated him to commander-in-chief of the Union army. But in the late summer and fall of 1861, things took a turn for the worst. Meticulous in his planning and ...
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There was no more remarkable pair in the Civil War than Abraham Lincoln and George McClellan. At only 35 years old, McClellan commanded the Ohio troops early in the war, and won skirmishes for the Union in western Virginia. After the disastrous Union defeat at Bull Run in the summer of 1861, Lincoln sent word for McClellan to come to Washington, and soon elevated him to commander-in-chief of the Union army. But in the late summer and fall of 1861, things took a turn for the worst. Meticulous in his planning and preparations, McClellan began to delay attacking the enemy and developed a penchant for vastly overestimating the Confederate forces he faced. All of this hampered his ability to lead an aggressive force in a fast-moving battlefield environment. Finally losing his patience, Lincoln was famously quoted as saying, “If General McClellan does not want to use the army, I would like to borrow it for a time.”
Lincoln and McClellan takes an in-depth look at this fascinating relationship, from the early days of the Civil War to the 1864 presidential election when McClellan ran against Lincoln on an anti-war platform and lost. Here, award-winning author John C. Waugh weaves a tale of hubris, paranoia, failure, and triumph, illuminating as never before this unique and complicated alliance.
Prologue: A Railcar for Douglas
• Parallel Beginnings
• Between Two Wars
• Catching the Brass Ring
• The Real McClellan
• Man on Horseback
• The Numbers Game
• Under Siege
• Presidential Angst
• Planning for Armageddon
• Troubled Minds
• Yorktown Blues
• At the Gates of Richmond
• Shifting Blame
• Dogfight down the James
• Changing Generals
• In Command of Nothing
• The Road to Sharpsburg
• Hellfire on the Antietam
• The Quiet after the Storm
• McClellan’s Bodyguard
• Fatigued Horses
• The Unpolitical Politician
• Four Storks in a Frogpond
• Sound and Fury
• Epilogue: Epitaph for a Soldier
Posted May 26, 2010
Doing a book on Lincoln and McClellan is akin to running naked through a minefield. On one side, is a beloved President universally acclaimed and highly respected. On the other side is a general that is less than a complete success with an ego problem that is highly disliked. Unless an author is willing to do "Lincoln is always right", something is going to go BOOM!
Subtitled "The Troubled Partnership between a President and His General", the author carefully traces that partnership from the dark days after First Bull Run to November 1864. While this is a pro Lincoln book, the author never demonizes McClellan. In common with many authors, he may not like him but respects the good work McClellan did. This produces a more balanced history that is closer to what happened.
Where McClellan is concerned, the glass is usually half-empty. However, Lincoln's fears for Washington and the impact they have on the Peninsula Campaign are covered. The section on the Maryland Campaign is well done and generally fair to both parties. What emerges is two men under intense pressures unable to understand or appreciate the other's position. While there are many items not considered. Overall, this is an excellent summary of their relationship.
John C. Waugh is an excellent writer producing an easy to read book that is both informative and enjoyable. The book is fully footnoted with a comprehensive list of sources. Fully prepared to dislike this book, I brought it home after seeing it in the store. This is not a detailed military and political in-depth study. It is a good examination of these areas, touching on all the major questions and many of the minor ones. It is either an introduction or an excellent review.