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|You're right about Lincoln's campaign being saved by Federal victories in 1864. I know I've read the fall of Atlanta and the capture of Mobile Bay helped secure Lincoln's re-election. Northern papers heavily trumpeted these victories.
I'm not sure how much more skillful McClellan would have really been. Yeah he had the military training Lincoln did. He certainly put that to good use organizing the army. But his conduct in the field commanding the Army of the Potomac (vs. prior to his command of this army) have me questioning how skillful he would have been as commander-in-chief in place of Lincoln.