McClellan's War

Product Number: EB00742744
Released: Nov 19, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780253006141
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"An important book that rescues George B. McClellan's military reputation." -Chronicles Bold, brash, and full of ambition, George Brinton McClellan seemed destined for greatness when he assumed command of all the Union armies before he was 35. It was not to be. Ultimately deemed a failure on the battlefield by Abraham Lincoln, he was finally dismissed from command following the bloody battle of Antietam. To better understand this fascinating, however flawed, character, Ethan S. Rafuse considers the broad and complicated political climate of the earlier 19th Century. Rather than blaming McClellan for the Union's military losses, Rafuse attempts to understand his political thinking as it affected his wartime strategy. As a result, Rafuse sheds light not only on McClellan's conduct on the battlefields of 1861-62 but also on United States politics and culture in the years leading up to the Civil War. "Any historian seriously interested in the period will come away from the book with useful material and a better understanding of George B. McClellan." -Journal of Southern History "Exhaustively researched and lucidly written, Rafuse has done an excellent job in giving us a different perspective on 'Little Mac.'" -Civil War History "Rafuse's thoughtful study of Little Mac shows just how enthralling this complex and flawed individual continues to be." -Blue & Gray magazine

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Author(s): Ethan S. Rafuse
Original Publish Date: Nov 23, 2011

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