Category Archives: George McClellan

January 4, 1862: Good time to strike Columbus

Zollicoffer As we’ve seen, for the past few days Lincoln, Buell, and McClellan had been urging Halleck to move against Columbus, Kentucky. Here a dispatch from an officer on the ground urges the same — the river is up, Zollicoffer … Continue reading

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January 3, 1862: Buell and McClellan urge Halleck to move

George McClellan In the continuing story of Lincoln’s efforts to get Halleck to pin down the Confederate forces at Columbus, both McClellan and Buell chime in. The Union strategy in the west at this time was focused on striking eastward … Continue reading

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September 17, 1861: Rainbow arrested for treason

The Richmond Daily Dispatch goes off the deep end over McClellan’s order standardizing uniforms. I think the editor fancied himself sort of an 1861 John Stewart. War upon colors. –The Administration of Lincoln appears to be determined that there shall … Continue reading

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September 14, 1861: Union standardizes uniforms

Union Infantry Uniform The war effort had started out with volunteer units, each choosing its own uniform, many choosing uniforms that would entice young men raised on romantic tales. The Zouave units, particularly, wore examples of the “fantastic toggery” decried … Continue reading

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June 28, 1861: More troops to Cairo

Benj. Prentiss McClellan responded to Prentiss’ call for more troops at Cairo. GRAFTON, VA., June 28, 1861. CHESTER HARDING, Jr.: Have ordered three Illinois regiments to move to Cairo whenever called for by General Prentiss, who will look out for … Continue reading

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June 21, 1861: McClellan heads for St. Louis

George McClellan Having been given command of Missouri, McClellan set out to visit this new part of his responsibility. From the OR Ser 1, Vol 3, Part 1, p. 385: HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF OHIO, Cincinnati, June 18, 1861. CHESTER HARDING, … Continue reading

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June 6, 1861: McClellan takes command of Missouri

George McClellan Rather oddly, McClellan was given command of Missouri, although it was a long journey from his main theater in Washington and Virginia. Official Record Ser. 1 Vol 3 Part 1 p. 384 GENERAL ORDERS, WAR DEPARTMENT, ADJT. GENERAL … Continue reading

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May 2, 1861: Winfield Scott’s Anaconda Plan

General Winfield Scott criticized McClellan’s battle plans (from an April 27 letter) and proposed a plan to essentially besiege the entire Confederacy by controlling the coasts and the Mississippi. This “Anaconda Plan” was much derided at the time, at least … Continue reading

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