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The Antietam Campaign$
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Gary W. Gallagher

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780807824818

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807835913_gallagher

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General McClellan's Bodyguard

General McClellan's Bodyguard

The Army of the Potomac after Antietam

(p.44) General McClellan's Bodyguard
The Antietam Campaign

Brooks D. Simpson

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on George B. McClellan, his subordinates, and sentiment in the Army of the Potomac during the aftermath of Antietam. It suggests that contrary to historians who believe McClellan could have inflicted greater damage on Lee's battered army after the bitter fighting on September 17, most of the Army of the Potomac probably supported their commander's decision to proceed cautiously. Far from eager to renew the tactical offensive on September 18, many officers and soldiers in the army also complained about insufficient supplies over the next several weeks, bridled at the thought of political interference in military affairs, and opposed the idea of pressing the rebels during a winter campaign. McClellan's attitudes and actions may have influenced the men in his army, but the latter stood ready to be influenced and held fast to McClellanesque tendencies long after “Little Mac's” departure.

Keywords:   Civil War, Maryland campaign, George B. McClellan, Potomac

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