Saturday, July 26, 2008


This Day in the History of Bad General Appointing

On this day in 1861, Union General George B. McClellan, the Wesley Clark of the Civil War, was put in command of the Army of the Potomac. He helped produce a huge, well trained force, but he never used it well. Had he fought even half as aggressively as Grant, he could have knocked Lee's Army of Northern Virginia out of the fight and captured the Rebel capital in the first year, thus saving nearly half a million American lives.


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