McClellan is the General Topic

March 12, 1862

President Lincoln’s War Order No. 3 of the previous day has not quieted the controversy surrounding General George B. McClellan.   Effectively demoted to command only the Army of the Potomac, McClellan still has his supporters and detractors in Washington, where so much is thought to depend on the success of McClellan’s upcoming campaign against Richmond.  A Democrat associated with the late Senator Stephen A. Douglas, McClellan’s loyalty is questioned by some in Washington.   Oregon Senator James  Nesmith, himself a Democrat, visits the White House to express his distrust of McClellan while former Ohio Governor William Dennison, a Republican who is later to be Lincoln’s second postmaster general, visits the White House as a go-between McClellan and President Lincoln, who needs McClellan’s aggressive leadership of the Army of the Potomac.


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