Monday, March 13, 2017

Booknotes: McClellan and the Union High Command, 1861-1863

New Arrival:
McClellan and the Union High Command, 1861-1863: Leadership Gaps That Cost a Timely Victory by Jeffrey W. Green (McFarland, 2017).

Green's book examines the Union high command during the first half of the war through the lens of McClellan, who was the dominant military figure of that period (at least in the eastern theater). "This re-examination of the high command and McClellan's war in the East provides a broader understanding of the Union's inability to achieve victory in the first two years, and takes the debate about the Union's leadership into new areas."

An interview with the author is forthcoming and will serve as a better introduction to the volume than a Booknotes post, so I'll cut this short. I have my fingers crossed that I'll get the answers back in time to post the Q&A this week.


  1. As someone with an interest in all things McClellan/the Peninsula, I look forward to the Q&A.

    1. FBR and the Peninsula are the only two eastern theater campaigns for which I have unqualified interest. For sure it's a big subject for one book, but I am still astounded that Sears remains the only author of a full length 1862 Peninsula Campaign study. I was really hoping Beatie was going to be able to get further along on his AoP series.


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