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|Ahh...McClellan...truly an interesting subject...on one hand he was a brilliant organizer and, IMHO, he was responsible for shaping the AoP into a formidable fighting force (pardon the alliteration). But, on the other hand, he did not seem to be able to bring himself to use the army for the purpose for which it was intended, i.e. the destruction of the confederate forces. Maybe he cared too much about his troops and could not bear to put them in harms way. I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, a trained strategist or tactician, but it does seem to me that when the enemy is encountered, one should use any and all forces available to defeat him. McClellan just did not seem inclined to take the risks necessary to do that.
What say you, my esteemed colleagues???