The Civil War Papers of George B. McClellan: Selected Correspondence, 1860-1865

The Civil War Papers of George B. McClellan: Selected Correspondence, 1860-1865

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by George B. McClellan, Stephen W. Sears
     
 

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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

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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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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
These military dispatches and candid personal letters of Union general McClellan reveal gross overestimates of Confederate strength and contempt for President Lincoln. (Apr.)
Booknews
An unaltered reprint of the Ticknor & Fields edition of 1989. Printed on acid-free paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306804717
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
04/28/1992
Series:
Quality Paperbacks Series
Edition description:
1st Da Capo Press ed
Pages:
669
Product dimensions:
5.92(w) x 9.14(h) x 1.65(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen W. Sears is the author of The Civil War Papers of George B. McClellan, Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam, To the Gates of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign, and Chancellorsville. He lives in Connecticut.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Go into the mind of a self centered liberal democrat who put himself and his ambitions before his men and country. He purposly didnt try to win thw war because he was thinking of the 84 election and running on an antiwar platform. A true democrat if there ever was one.