McClellan and Failure: A Study of Civil War Fear, Incompetence and Worse

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Overview

In the eyes of many historians, Union general George B. McClellan single-handedly did more damage to the Union war effort than any other individual—including Confederate commander Robert E. Lee. Promoting his own ideas and career regardless of the consequences, McClellan eventually became a thorn in the side of President Lincoln. Removed from command on November 5, 1862, McClellan left a legacy of excessive caution that continued to affect the Army of the Potomac.

From West Point to Antietam, this volume examines McClellan's army career and especially how his decisions affected the course of the Civil War. Union actions are examined in detail with special emphasis on the roles McClellan played—or did not play. Excerpts from McClellan's orders and correspondence provide a contemporary picture and motives for his actions. An appendix examines the treatment given McClellan by various historians.

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Editorial Reviews

Blue & Gray Magazine
Impressive...intriguing
Civil War News
Well written...I would suggest reading his work...well-presented
50plus Senior News
This book goes beyond the usual criticisms of McClellan and explores his operational ineptitude, his fear of failure, his cowardice on the battlefield, his missed opportunities for early Union success, and even his treacherous behavior....
Civil War News
...well written...I would suggest reading his work...well-presented
Blue & Gray Magazine
...impressive...intriguing
50plus Senior News
...this book goes beyond the usual criticisms of McClellan and explores his operational ineptitude, his fear of failure, his cowardice on the battlefield, his missed opportunities for early Union success, and even his treacherous behavior that caused John Pope to lose the Battle of Second Manassas
Civil War News
...well written...I would suggest reading his work...well-presented...
Blue & Gray Magazine
...impressive...intriguing...
50plus Senior News
...this book goes beyond the usual criticisms of McClellan and explores his operational ineptitude, his fear of failure, his cowardice on the battlefield, his missed opportunities for early Union success, and even his treacherous behavior...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786445752
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Series: History/Military/American Civil War
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward H. Bonekemper, III is a visiting lecturer in military history at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He lives in Willow Street, Pennsylvania.

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