This chapter describes Lincoln's removal of Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan. Lincoln had solid military reasons to get rid of McClellan, but political imperatives momentarily stayed his hand. Timing, Lincoln well knew, in both political and military affairs, was everything. So just as he had waited to replace Maj. Gen. Don Carlos Buell in the western theater until after the October states had voted, he hesitated now to move against the popular McClellan before the New York elections. On November 5, with Seymour's victory certain, the president at last ordered Gen. in Chief Henry W. Halleck to remove McClellan and appoint Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside of the Ninth Corps to command the Army of the Potomac.
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