Jim Rosebrock has posted two important articles regarding history's interpretation of the role Gen'l. McClellan played at the battle of Antietam. Although I am not a fan of Gen. McClellan, I think if objectivity demands he be given more credit for what he did, rather than him taking all the blame, then he should get the credit.
The first post is here:
South from the North Woods
The second article is by Tom Clemens, whose 2nd volume of Ezra Carman's Antietam campaign is just out. I read Vol 1, which clearly outlines the restrictions Gen. Henry Halleck put on Gen. McClellan as he moved the Army of the Potomac into Maryland. (Halleck also dropped the ball when trying to direct Gen. John Pope during the Manassas Campaign.) Anyway the article clearly states something that should be commonly understood, you cannot separate military operations from politics.
Thanks Jim for the two posts.
My own website page regarding Antietam has a bit of the old bias
against McClellan which I will remedy before continuing on with the
Fredericksburg Campaign, which I was in the midst of doing before my
trip back east.
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