George B. McClellan, the Man Who Saved the Union

George B. McClellan, the Man Who Saved the Union

George B. McClellan, the Man Who Saved the Union

George B. McClellan, the Man Who Saved the Union

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This book originated in studies made by the historians of the Conservation Commission in the Richmond battlefield area, which is comprised in the Richmond Battlefield Park, a charge of the commission. These battlefields are the best preserved and least studied (because long inaccessible) in the country. A detailed examination of the terrain convinced the historians, both of them Southerners, that McClellan was a great general and that he has been underestimated by historians. Their opinion was confirmed by a study of the records. They came to the conclusion that it was McClellan who prevented the defeat of the North in 1861-62 when the Confederacy was relatively stronger than it was at a later time.

Since there seemed to be no military reasons for the animadversions cast on McClellan, the historians of the commission were persuaded that the hostile feeling toward him is political, springing mainly from his candidacy against Lincoln in the election of 1864. Believing that politics should not be permitted to influence military judgments, they have written this book, partly for the purpose of doing justice to a great man who has suffered at the hands of history. It is based on the ground itself and the original sources, and is believed to be a contribution to American and Virginia history.

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