Tag Archives: George B. McClellan

BookChat with Zachery Fry, author of A Republic in the Ranks

I was pleased to spend some time recently with a new book by historian Zachery Fry, assistant professor of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Dr. Frey is the author of A Republic in the … Continue reading

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The Ends of the War in Rectortown

I’ve come to Rectortown, Virginia, looking for one end of the war, but I’ve unexpectedly found several. (The anniversary of one of them is today, April 21, as it happened.) Thick puffs of clouds that look like smoky cotton balls … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Cornfield, Antietam’s Bloody Turning Point

Alongside Spotsylvania’s Bloody Angle and Shiloh’s Hornet’s Nest, the fighting in David Miller’s Cornfield on the Antietam battlefield ranks as one of the toughest Civil War landscapes to make any sense of. It should then come as no surprise that … Continue reading

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New Articles Will Help You Rethink McClellan

Probably the most notable thing about George McClellan’s final month and a half in command of the Army of the Potomac are the zingers Lincoln tosses at the general for the army’s inactivity. By that point in their relationship, even … Continue reading

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ECW Podcast “McClellan’s Last Days in Command” Is Now Available

Union General George McClellan is a controversial figure in Civil War history, and November 5 marked the anniversary of his final removal from command in 1862. He’s been the source of history jokes ever since, but more recently has been … Continue reading

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A Lost Opportunity: Glendale

In late June 1862, Robert E. Lee Struck George McClellan’s right flank at Mechanicsville. This attack, plus reports that Stonewall Jackson’s valley army was approaching on his right, caused McClellan to change his base from White House Landing on the … Continue reading

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Lincoln Develops a More Modern Command System, Part 1: Growing Pains

Emerging Civil War welcomes back JoAnna M. McDonald (This piece follows the introductory reminder of wars and republics.) When you think of the Northern effort in winning the war, you probably picture Congress passing legislation that generated huge numbers of … Continue reading

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Playing the numbers: Robert E. Lee, the Army of Northern Virginia, and Maryland in 1862

The Army of Northern Virginia crossed the Potomac River into Maryland on September 4, 1862, embarking on what history has come to call The Antietam (or Sharpsburg) Campaign. In three months, since Lee took command outside Richmond, he had won … Continue reading

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George B. McClellan Papers Now Available Digitally

Say what you will about George McClellan– a great organizer, though timid in combat; beloved by his soldiers though a bane to Lincoln’s cabinet. Or maybe you’re an avid McClellan devotee, who defends the Young Napoleon to any passerby you … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Cavalry Tactics: How Technology Drove Change (Part Four)

(part four in a series) During the early days of the Civil War, Dennis Hart Mahan’s teachings were implemented by the Union high command in particular. Gen. Winfield Scott vigorously resisted the incorporation of volunteer cavalry regiments into the Union … Continue reading

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