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Save for Later. Bookseller Inventory About this title Synopsis: "A superb piece of historical scholarship.
Lee and the Making of Southern Strategy, — "Brings something new, or at least relatively unknown, to the 'McClellan debate. Ultimately deemed a failure on the battlefield by Abraham Lincoln, he was finally dismissed from command following the bloody battle of Antietam.
To better understand this fascinating, however flawed, character, Ethan S. Rafuse considers the broad and complicated political climate of the earlier 19th century. Ethan S. Rafuse is Professor of Military History at the U.
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Lee and the Fall of the Confederacy, Thus, to really understand the commander, according to Rafuse, one needs to understand the forces that shaped his political and social thought. Exhaustively researched and lucidly written, Rafuse has done an excellent job in giving us a different perspective on 'Little Mac. Any historian seriously interested in the period will come away from the book with useful material and a better understanding of George B. McClellan's military reputation and demonstrates that he was removed from command because he stood for policies--moderation, conciliation, statesmanship--that were anathema to the Lincoln administration.
List of Maps Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Political Realignment 4. Douglas School" 5. To Kill Secession 6. Supreme Command 8. The Peninsula Campaign