George B. McClellan: The Young Napoleon

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Da Capo Press, Apr 1, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 482 pages
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By age 35, General George B. McClellan (18261885), designated the "Young Napoleon," was the commander of all the Northern armies. He forged the Army of the Potomac into a formidable battlefield foe, and fought the longest and largest campaign of the time as well as the single bloodiest battle in the nation's history. Yet, he also wasted two supreme opportunities to bring the Civil War to a decisive conclusion. In 1864 he challenged Abraham Lincoln as the Democratic candidate for the presidency. Neither an indictment nor an apologia, this biography draws entirely on primary sources to create a splendidly incisive portrait of this charismatic, controversial general who, for the first eighteen months of the conflict, held the fate of the union in his unsteady hands.
  

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I've read a lot about the ACW and I got a good idea of what made McClellan tick, but this book brought all my various readings and snippets into one book. Sears writes a good biography that gives us a full picture of the man. Read full review

Contents

The Making of a Soldier
1
On Peacetime Service
28
Life in a Civilian World
50
The Call to War
68
Western Virginia Theater 87
72
Building an Army
95
Eastern Virginia Theater 152
105
General of All the Annies
125
The Maryland Theater
263
Opportunity of a Lifetime
270
The Battle of Antietam
296
The Last Command
318
The Antietam Battlefield 304
329
The Political Arena
344
Campaign for the Presidency
371
The Old Soldier
387

The Grand Campaign
147
The Richmond Battlefields 198
162
On the Peninsula
168
The Battle for Richmond
193
Impasse at Harrisons Landing
223
General Without an Army
248
A Memoir for History
403
Sources and Acknowledgments
409
Notes
411
Bibliography
458
Index
469
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About the author (1999)

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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