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 Posted: Tue Dec 18th, 2012 09:53 am
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I don't know about incompetent, but he certainly did some things that I would say made him more ineffective towards winning the war. You have to give him credit for organizing the Army of the Potomac following First Bull Run (Manassass). But once it was ready for the field he then wanted to sit and wait and wait and wait. Even in the field how often did he have to be prodded to move. And how often did he overestimate the forces he was facing and refuse to immediately move on them until he had more forces brought up. Or overestimates caused him to pull back.

Now there was one time I've read about in the Seven Days that would be incompetence on McClellan's part that could have allowed him to march on Richmond. Things might have been different if he'd tried, but he didn't.

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