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|I won't say McClellan was a coward - probably too strong of a word. I think BHR had it right with the word timid. I've heard a boatload of excuses for this, mostly that he "loved his troops so much" he couldn't stand to lose them. Then get the hell out of the army and join the Sanitary Commission or some other group.
What I can't abide, and puts him second only to Sickles on my "officers I despise" list, is that I can never forgive a high-ranking officer running for President against his Commander-in-Chief. At least have the balls to resign from the service first. Winfield Scott did it too, and I despise him as well. I know others will disagree, but it smells too much like treasonous behavior to me.