Tag Archives: George B. McClellan

Mexican-American War 170th: Siege of Vera Cruz

Morning of March 29, 1847 came and brought two long parallel lines of American troops. The soldiers, begrimed and dirty from the exertions of the past 20 days, formed a gauntlet that their defeated foe would march through. The rows … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 1/23-1/29/17

During the end of 1861 and beginning of 1862, some of President Lincoln’s cabinet members expressed doubt about General George B. McClellan’s leadership and strategies? There were discussions and questions about replacing him. Who would’ve been a good replacement for … Continue reading

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The Year in Review 2016: #1

July 20, 2016 turned out to be ECW’s biggest day ever as far as readership. The numbers were driven, in part, by a pair of wildly popular posts that appeared on July 19. The first was Chris Kolakowski’s Civil War Echoes … Continue reading

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1860’s Politics: Why Do We think McClellan Was the “Peace Candidate”? Because the Rebels Thought So

A thoughtful respondent to my recent submission to the ECW blog, “1860’s Politics,” wondered why Gen. George McClellan, Democratic nominee for U. S. president in 1864, waited until after Sherman’s troops captured Atlanta, Sept. 2, 1864, before he announced his … Continue reading

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1860’s Politics: The Challenges of 1862

Obviously, there wasn’t a presidential election in 1862, but races for the seats in the U.S. Congress were very important. Who would gain control of the legislative branch? How would the outcome of the congressional elections effect the Union war … Continue reading

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“Little Mac’s” Final Moments: The Death of George B. McClellan

Emerging Civil War is pleased to welcome back guest author William Griffith “The startling announcement was made on Thursday [actually Friday] morning that General McClellan was dead,” read New Jersey’s The Orange Journal on Sunday, October 31, 1885, “…very few … Continue reading

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The Ghosts of Crimea Before Richmond

When judging Civil War leaders, we sometimes look at them in isolation of a period or event, forgetting that they always act in accordance with the sum of their knowledge and experience to date. But remembering what has gone before … Continue reading

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Congress Considers Expanding Antietam NB to Include Shepherdstown

ECW is pleased to welcome guest author Kevin Pawlak, author of Shepherdstown in the Civil War. Congress is currently considering a proposal to change the boundaries of Antietam National Battlefield to include Shepherdstown. Pawlak has been deeply involved in the … Continue reading

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A Doctor’s Duty

The photo to the right is the Union field hospital at Savage Station, Virginia, the day after the Battle of Gaines’s Mill on June 27, 1862. Hours after this photograph was taken, most of these men ended up as Confederate … Continue reading

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ECW Weekender: Berkeley Plantation

Not far from the Malvern Hill battlefield runs a stretch of historic James River Plantations with plenty of history of their own. Foremost among them is Berkeley Plantation, where I recently made a visit in order to track down the … Continue reading

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