- Hardcover: 544 pages
- Publisher: Indiana University Press; y First edition edition (April 14, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0253345324
- ISBN-13: 978-0253345325
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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McClellan's War: The Failure of Moderation in the Struggle for the Union Hardcover – April 14, 2005
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"... interesting and useful... clever approach." —H-CivWar(H-CivWar 2006-01-00)
"Rafuse's book... offers the most comprehensive account of McClellan's prewar life and military career available, buttressed with a convincing analysis, and is sure to alter current perceptions and future assessments of the general's role in Civil War history." —Providence Sunday Journal(Providence Sunday Journal)
About the Author
Ethan S. Rafuse is professor of military history at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and the author, editor, or co-editor of eight books on Civil War history, including Antietam, South Mountain, and Harpers Ferry: A Battlefield Guide and Robert E. Lee and the Fall of the Confederacy, 1863-1865.
Top Customer Reviews
This is an account of the life & generalship of McLellan from his triumphant processional into Washington & anointing up until his dismissal from command after Antietam (& the Emancipation Proclamation) in November, 1862. Rafuse focuses on the moderate political opposition to the radicals who ran Congress after the Whig party had been splintered into oblivion & the Southern Democrats had left the Republicans in a lopsided majority after Lincoln's election. This moderation is McLellan's raison d'etre.
McLellan thought reasonable, unemotional (not radical) professionals should run the war. A decisive set-piece battle & then some mopping up would bring the South back to the Union with their traditions & way of life, including their peculiar institution, intact. Treat the Southerners in a conciliatory sort of way & they would reject the fire-eating slaveholders who brought on the war & return to the fold. How wrong he was. Six hundred thousand dead later & the Union was victorious & slavery was abolished.Read more ›
This book covers McClellan's background and actions up to being removed from command for the last time in 1861. While not taking a position, each incident is completely covered and footnoted. This allows the reader to both check the author and to draw well founded conclusions from the text. For this reason, "McClellan's War" should become an important milestone in the evolving debate about his service. The amount of information packed into this book is staggering. While the book is so well written that, it reads like a good novel. The combination produces a very enjoyable and dynamic learning experience.
Everything is here. All the questions about relations with Congress, Lincoln and Scott, are examined and both sides presented. Coverage of the question about reinforcements during the Peninsula Campaign is complete with attention to the critical sequence of events.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent insight into McClellan 's influences. Again technology outpaced military theory. A sound armed forces commander lost sight of the military fights wars for attainment of... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Peter F. Wade
The excellence of this book has made it difficult to follow with another, as anything I pick up now does not come close to its quality and depth. Read morePublished on September 16, 2014 by Amanda Warren
What to do with General George Brinton McClellan? (1826-1885) Your humble reviewer has been in Civil War Roundtable assemblages where the mere mention of his name provokes... Read morePublished on September 24, 2012 by C. M Mills
I purchased this book from a vendor at a Civil War reenactment the other day, saying "This book looks interesting because McClellan is one of the Civil War generals I haven't... Read morePublished on October 8, 2011 by Alan F. Sewell
This could've been a brilliant book. Rafuse did a really good job of discussing McClellan as a general and the inspiration for his military and (minor) political actions. Read morePublished on June 11, 2011 by Robert Gresham
On the plus side, the book is well-researched and reads well. Author is a good writer and the prose flows well. Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by Historian
Rafuse has come to praise Mcclellan not to bury him and that alone makes this an interesting effort, as you'll be hard put to find too many works out there which favor Little Mac. Read morePublished on May 19, 2009 by George W. Lynn