Category Archives: George McClellan

October 30, 1864: Robert J. Breckinridge speaks

The New York Times reports on the speech given by Robert J. Breckinridge* in Cincinnati. Breckinridge was the uncle of John Cabell Breckinridge, one of Lincoln’s opponents in the 1860 election and now a Confederate general. The uncle, though, had … Continue reading

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October 26, 1864: No, Sherman hasn’t endorsed McClellan for president

The New York Times prints a letter from John C. Hamilton along with his correspondence with Sherman. There is a rumor that Sherman is persuading soldiers to vote for McClellan. Sherman denies vehemently doing anything to influence the votes of … Continue reading

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March 23, 1864: McClellan for president.

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports without comment, but undoubtedly with some glee, on a rally nominating George McClellan for president in the upcoming election. McClellan meeting in New York. –A monster mass meeting was held in New York city on … Continue reading

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March 20, 1863: Send Little Mac to Vicksburg!

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reprints selected items from the northern press all the time. Usually the intent is fairly obvious; this one puzzles me a little. According to the New York World, Grant’s screwing up the Vicksburg campaign, and McClellan … Continue reading

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March 9, 1862: Grant tries to quit

Henry Halleck As noted previously, Halleck had little use for Grant. Grant’s recent success at Fort Donelson seems to have just irritated Halleck further. On March 4, Halleck actually removed Grant from command temporarily. Grant’s reports of his troop strength … Continue reading

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January 30, 1862: Halleck orders Grant to take Fort Henry

While it might seem more obvious that the Union would want to take control of the Mississippi — and of course they did — the Tennessee and Cumberland had strategic priority. First, they both flow northward rather than southward. This … Continue reading

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January 10, 1861: Still working on Grant’s feint

Halleck ordered Grant to make a feint southward into Kentucky from Paducah, but he wasn’t prepared to send any troops from Missouri except a couple of unarmed regiments. Turns out even those were delayed. The 10th of January saw another … Continue reading

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January 9, 1861: Grant organizes a feint

McClellan, Lincoln, and Buell all called on Halleck to attack the Confederates in western Kentucky to keep them from sending troops against Buell in the center of the state. After considerable resistance, Gen. Halleck, unwilling to send a real force … Continue reading

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January 9, 1862: Halleck: I’m doing something!

Halleck After over a week of fevered communication among the President, Gen. McClellan, Gen. Buell, and Gen. Halleck, Halleck reports to McClellan that he is taking action. Much of the dispatch is justification for his failure to send a strong … Continue reading

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January 6, 1862: McClellan tells Buell to go to east Tennessee

For the past week or so, Lincoln has been trying to get his generals in the west to coordinate their movements in a design ultimately to move on east Tennessee, where unionist partisans are fighting a guerrilla war. The Civil … Continue reading

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