Lee Wins a Race Mac Doesn’t Even Know He’s Running

November 3, 1862 (Monday) George McClellan’s Army of the Potomac had finally finished crossing over their namesake river to Virginia. It was slow going, even for McClellan. The whole affair seemed more like wandering than marching. McClellan had decided not to enter the Shenandoah Valley, but to skirt the eastern slope of the Blue RidgeRead More

Union Army Straddles the Potomac; Lee Reacts While McClellan Complains

October 30, 1862 (Thursday) It had been four days since George McClellan begun tossing his Army of the Potomac across its namesake river. The Confederates under Robert E. Lee had reacted and moved back a bit, but appeared to be in no real hurry. Perhaps they had noticed that McClellan was in even less ofRead More

McClellan and Lincoln Almost Make Up after Lincoln Almost Apologizes

October 27, 1862 (Monday) It was finished. Well, at the very least it was started. General George McClellan’s Army of the Potomac had finally begun crossing over the Potomac in hopes that they were about to chase down General Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. Most were crossing at Berlin, Maryland, (now Brunswick)Read More

Lincoln Asks McClellan What his Horses have Done that Fatigues them So

October 25, 1862 (Saturday) Nearly two weeks had passed since Lincoln wrote to General George McClellan, not quite ordering him to move his Army of the Potomac from its cozy resting place between Antietam and Harpers Ferry. In it, he countered many of McClellan’s excuses with well reasoned logic. In reply, McClellan acknowledged that heRead More

McClellan is in Command Again! Three Cheers!

September 2, 1862 (Tuesday) While John Pope’s Union Army of Virginia beat a hasty path back into the defenses of Washington, the Federal capital was abuzz with rumors – some apparently spread by Pope’s rival, George McClellan. As McClellan’s Army of the Potomac was returning from their ill-fated tramp up and back down the VirginiaRead More

McClellan Doubles his Plea, Asks for 100,000 Reinforcements

July 3, 1862 (Thursday) The Seven Days Battles were at an end. The Peninsula Campaign, at least as it’s remembered now, was drawing to a close. In the minds of those fighting and those leading the armies, however, the match was still to be decided. General George McClellan, often cited as having, by this time,Read More

Forts Jackson and St. Philip Bombarded by Union Gunboats!

April 18, 1862 (Friday) Flag Officer David Farragut, commanding the Union’s West Gulf Blockading Squadron, had made every arrangement to assail Confederate Forts Jackson and St. Philip, guarding the lower Mississippi and New Orleans. Over the past week, Lt. David Porter had selected the best spots for his twenty-one mortar boats, and just after dawn,Read More

Lincoln to McClellan: “You Must Act”

April 9, 1862 (Wednesday) While the Battle of Shiloh raged for two days in the west, General George McClellan’s Army of the Potomac moved not an inch. Four long days has passed since McClellan learned that the Confederates had fortified across the entire Virginia Peninsula. He had expected them to retreat to Yorktown, which heRead More

McClellan’s First Good Day is Also His Last

April 4, 1862 (Friday) Though the Confederates in the Shenandoah Valley and south of Washington had fallen back, Lincoln was still apprehensive over covering the capital. The Rebels had fallen back to Fredericksburg, Orange Court House and Mount Jackson (in the Valley), but Washington wasn’t fully aware of how many were where. So worried andRead More