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 Posted: Fri Apr 1st, 2011 09:12 pm
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McClellan was a notoriously timid General. At Antietam he snatched a draw out of the jaws of total victory. He refused to send in his reserves when the Lee's center broke. Who knows what would have happened if he had tried the overland plan that Grant would use later. Any kind of setback would have had McClellan yelling retreat. Like you said McClellan was an excellent organizer. He built the army that Grant would use to bludgeon Lee into submission.

Lee always worried that the Yanks would keep switching generals until they found one. After the Wilderness when Grant turned south instead of north, Lee knew the Confederacy was in big trouble. The Yanks finally had their general that wasn't afraid to fight.

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