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Edward Bonekemper on the Cowardice of General McClellan

On April 17, 2007, Civil War historian Edward Bonekemper, III, presented his book McClellan and Failure: A Study of Civil War Fear, Incompetence and Worse at a North Carolina History Project Luncheon. Bonekemper argues that McClellan was crippled from an early age by arrogance, chronic indecisiveness, and fear of failure and that Little Napoleon consistently kept his forces out of battle, even when they were in positions of tactical advantage.  McClellan, Bonekemper contends, attacked only when his army had a massive numerical advantage or disadvantage. In cases of numerical advantage, McClellan claimed responsibility for victory; in cases of numerical disadvantage, he shirked responsibility for defeat. 

The lecture can be viewed in its entirety here

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