Today in Civil War History

McClellanG_mainOn November 1, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln appointed General George B. McClellan General In Chief of the Federal Armies. The President, along with many other leaders, grew increasingly impatient with McClellan’s delays in attacking the Confederates  massed near Washington. At a meeting with top Generals ( but not McClellan )  in January 1862, Lincoln remarked “If General McClellan does not want to use the army, I would like to borrow it for a time.”

On March  11, 1862, after a series of  embarrassments, and amid growing dissatisfaction with his job performance, Lincoln removed McClellan as General In Chief, leaving him in command of only the Army of the Potomac.

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