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Despite his known impatience (or more so, his advisor's) with McClellan, particularly post-Antietam, Lincoln was also an admirer of 'Little Mac'-

"Well, Stoddard, for organizing an army, for preparing an army for the field or for fighting a defensive campaign, I will back General McClellan against any general of modern times—I don't know but of ancient times also."
President Lincoln to his assistant William O. Stoddard (William O. Stoddard, Lincoln's Third Secretary, p. 160.)

However, he did finish the converstaion by saying "But I begin to feel as if he would never get ready to fight!"

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