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Facts in Five

The Young Napoleon Edition

 

  • George McClellan’s father was a renowned physician and founder of the Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia
  • McClellan graduated West Point ranked second in the vaunted class of 1846- his classmates included Thomas J. Jackson, Jesse Reno, Cadmus Wilcox, AP Hill, and George Pickett
  • Jefferson Davis was an influential mentor in McClellan’s life- sending him on secret reconnaissance missions into the Caribbean, and to the Crimea as our official observer during the Crimean War
  • Small victories in western Virginia would pave the way for West Virginia statehood- a profile of him in the New York Herald brought national attention to the “Napoleon of the present War”
  • Winfield Scott cautioned Lincoln against appointing McClellan General-in-chief in addition to his army command- Little Mac’s response was, “I can do it all” 
Not an ideal pairing

Not an ideal pairing

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When the Time Comes

Union troops marched into the Confederate capital…Richmond, Virginia after 4 long years of war.  In May of 1862, the Army of the Potomac came to within site of its goal, but the poor generalship of George McClellan kept the city out of reach.  Richmond stood just 108 miles from Washington, yet to Lincoln and the Union forces it seemed a continent away.

At long last

 

Upon learning that Richmond was finally… in Union hands, Lincoln felt tremendous relief, but was not satisfied, “Thank God that I have lived to see this! It seems to me that I have been dreaming a horrid dream for four years, and now the nightmare is gone. I want to see Richmond.– Abraham Lincoln     

I want to see Richmond

In one of the defining moments of the struggle… Lincoln was going to travel to Richmond.  The blood and the treasure spent capturing this prize demanded the Commander-in-Chief’s presence to bring true closure to this chapter of history.  Lincoln was that type of leader.

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Facts in Five

The Young Napoleon Edition

 

  • George McClellan’s father was a renowned physician and founder of the Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia
  • McClellan graduated West Point ranked second in the vaunted class of 1846- his classmates included Thomas J. Jackson, Jesse Reno, Cadmus Wilcox, AP Hill, and George Pickett
  • Jefferson Davis was an influential mentor in McClellan’s life- sending him on secret reconnaissance missions into the Caribbean, and to the Crimea as our official observer during the Crimean War
  • Small victories in western Virginia would pave the way for West Virginia statehood- a profile of him in the New York Herald brought national attention to the “Napoleon of the present War”
  • Winfield Scott cautioned Lincoln against appointing McClellan General-in-chief in addition to his army command- Little Mac’s response was, “I can do it all” 
Not an ideal pairing

Not an ideal pairing

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Filed under Ephemera

When the Time Comes

Union troops marched into the Confederate capital…Richmond, Virginia after 4 long years of war.  In May of 1862, the Army of the Potomac came to within site of its goal, but the poor generalship of George McClellan kept the city out of reach.  Richmond stood just 108 miles from Washington, yet to Lincoln and the Union forces it seemed a continent away. 

At long last

 

Upon learning that Richmond was finally… in Union hands, Lincoln felt tremendous relief, but was not satisfied, “Thank God that I have lived to see this! It seems to me that I have been dreaming a horrid dream for four years, and now the nightmare is gone. I want to see Richmond.– Abraham Lincoln     

I want to see Richmond

In one of the defining moments of the struggle… Lincoln was going to travel to Richmond.  The blood and the treasure spent capturing this prize demanded the Commander-in-Chief’s presence to bring true closure to this chapter of history.  Lincoln was that type of leader.

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