Why General Mcclellan Is A Hero Of The Mexican-American War?

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In April 1861, General Robert E. Lee was offered command of the Union Army by Abraham Lincoln. Lee declined this offer writing “I cannot raise my hand against my birthplace, my home, my children,” (p.81). The General a few days later, accepted his appointment as commander in chief to Virginia;s military. Lee knew that the North was plentiful in resources so they would win a war of abrasion. With this in mind, he hoped that the south could win a few battles and pressure Lincoln to stop the fighting. In September 1862, Lee led 40,000 soldiers across the Potomac river into Maryland. At the time, the army was small and had been “marching, fighting, and starving” (p.82) since June. General McClellan on the other hand, was a hero of the Mexican-American War and his philosophy was “The true course in conducting military operations, is to make no …show more content…
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

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