Why General Mcclellan Is A Hero Of The Mexican-American War?
So, McClellan led his 84,000 man army fifty miles from Washington to Frederick. Along with the advantage of size, a northern soldier was napping in a meadow east of Frederick, Maryland, there he saw an envelope in the grass. As he read the contents he discovered three cigars wrapped in a piece of paper that said “Headquarters, Army of Northern Virginia, Special Orders, No. 191.” With this information McClellan planned to catch the southern army in their own trap. Lee soon found out about these plans and went ahead with his plan which was to capture Harpers Ferry. This caused the surrender of McClellan 's army. Lee’s next move was to form a four mile long line consisting of his men. The one disadvantage they had from this was that they had their backs to the Potomac, this left a small escape route for the North. People’s spirits were very low in the North and meanwhile, the South was encouraging Lord Palmerston in Britain to join forces with them. England though, did not become allies with the South. By September 16, McClellan had an army of almost 75,000 men and assumed Lee had more, and Lee