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I. George B. McClellan 1. Glossary: One of the most promising young officers in the US army, he became the principal commander of Union armies in 1861-62 2. background (400) 2.i. Appointed by Lincoln on Nov 1, 1861 to organize new troops in the army of the Potomac. Energetic, talented, and only 34 years old. Won nickname, "Young Napoleon." Trained the Army of the Potomac into disciplined, we equipped force. Was an attempt by Lincoln to give the army a shot in the arm after defeat at Bull Run. 3. Army of Potomac (400, 403) 3.i. In the Virginia theatre, McClellan slowly advanced with absurd caution, using seige funs to blast through defenses he could have taken much faster on foot with such a large army. 3.ii. Estimated that General Joseph Johnston's army was double the size it actually was, but still got within 6 miles of Richmond. 4. Peninsula campaign (404) 4.i. Used naval control of York and James Rivers to advance up peninsula formed by these rivers. 4.ii. June of 1862 Army of the Potomac (100,000 men) Driven away from Richmond by General Lee and his 90,000. Reversed the momentum of the war. 5. army reorganization (406) 5.i. Army of Virginia, led by General John Pope, and Army of the Potomac led by McClellin, were combined into one in August 1862 under command of McClellin. This was at a critical point in the war. If Lee successfully invaded Maryland, Britain and France would have recognized the
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2012 for the course HIST 220 taught by Professor Hamblin during the Winter '12 term at BYU.

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