George B. McClellan: The Young Napoleon

George B McClellan The Young Napoleon By age General George B McClellan designated the Young Napoleon was the commander of all the Northern armies He forged the Army of the Potomac into a formidable battlefield foe and f

  • Title: George B. McClellan: The Young Napoleon
  • Author: Stephen W. Sears
  • ISBN: 9780306809132
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • By age 35, General George B McClellan 1826 1885 , designated the Young Napoleon, was the commander of all the Northern armies He forged the Army of the Potomac into a formidable battlefield foe, and fought the longest and largest campaign of the time as well as the single bloodiest battle in the nation s history Yet, he also wasted two supreme opportunities to bringBy age 35, General George B McClellan 1826 1885 , designated the Young Napoleon, was the commander of all the Northern armies He forged the Army of the Potomac into a formidable battlefield foe, and fought the longest and largest campaign of the time as well as the single bloodiest battle in the nation s history Yet, he also wasted two supreme opportunities to bring the Civil War to a decisive conclusion In 1864 he challenged Abraham Lincoln as the Democratic candidate for the presidency Neither an indictment nor an apologia, this biography draws entirely on primary sources to create a splendidly incisive portrait of this charismatic, controversial general who, for the first eighteen months of the conflict, held the fate of the union in his unsteady hands.

    • George B. McClellan: The Young Napoleon ¦ Stephen W. Sears
      469 Stephen W. Sears
    • thumbnail Title: George B. McClellan: The Young Napoleon ¦ Stephen W. Sears
      Posted by:Stephen W. Sears
      Published :2019-08-23T02:32:25+00:00

    About "Stephen W. Sears"

    1. Stephen W. Sears

      Stephen Ward Sears is an American historian specializing in the American Civil War.A graduate of Lakewood High School and Oberlin College, Sears attended a journalism seminar at Radcliffe Harvard As an author he has concentrated on the military history of the American Civil War, primarily the battles and leaders of the Army of the Potomac He was employed as editor of the Educational Department at the American Heritage Publishing Company.Sears resides in Norwalk, Connecticut.

    772 thoughts on “George B. McClellan: The Young Napoleon”

    1. I really enjoyed this biography. I came away from it with a bit of respect for General McClellan that I didn't expect to find. His antics as a soldier might have been ridiculously comical, but he apparently did a fantastic job as governor of New Jersey. That surprised me. I also appreciate how the author could discuss General McClellan's silliness without making fun of him or being disrespectful.


    2. I have read much about the Civil War, but I've never fully understood McClellan or what made him tick until I read this biography. I recommend it to anyone who has an abiding interest in the Civil War.


    3. When I read military history I make a serious effort not to pass judgment on the commanders or soldiers for perceived mistakes or poor judgment (Barring the committing of atrocities). I have never been in combat, much less led men in combat, and I think it is unfair to sit in the safety of my home 150 years after the fact and condemn someone as a fool or a coward. Generally there is a lot going on beyond the popular narrative that has emerged over the years that can explain away, or at the very [...]


    4. A good biography of McClellan the two time head of the Army of the Potomac who was a great organizer but didn’t like to fight. Exploring his early life, his service during the Mexican War and his short period out of the Army. The bulk of the book deals with his service during the Civil War and his clashes with other generals and in particular President Lincoln, Secretary Stanton and General Scott. Also tells of his campaign against President Lincoln in 1864 and his life post Civil War.


    5. Very good biography of McClellan from a very good author. Sears has written books on both of McClellan's major campaigns (To the Gates of Richmond: The Peninsula Campaign & Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam), as well as editing The Civil War Papers Of George B. McClellan: Selected Correspondence, 1860-1865. He knows his subject matter well and, unlike some military biographies, manages not to lose sight of his subject amidst the individual battles.Sears has chosen to avoid the ple [...]


    6. There are few generals of the Civil War as controversial as George Brinton McClellan. His command of the Army of the Potomac during the early years of the Civil War generated a storm of criticism and sparked debates still being waged by historians today. Drawing heavily on McClellan’s letters and other documents, Stephen Sears offers a convincing assessment of McClellan and his military career, one that places him squarely in the ranks of McClellan’s critics. His biography of the general rev [...]


    7. Stephen Sears provides an excellent overview of General George McClellans life and a look at all the controversy of his command. The man regarded as Little Mac or the Little Napoleon was a political general and a superb administrator. McClellan created an excellent administration that served the Army of the Potomac and the United States government throughout the civil war. He organized massive amounts of troops and material and kept them well armed and fed. He was a man of the soldiers and was w [...]


    8. A well-written and evenhanded, if not particularly engaging biography of the enigmatic McClellan. McClellan was, of course, a child prodigy,a good businessman, a superb engineer, a great organizer, and an excellent administrator. He also made fairly wise choices when it came to the army’s other leaders. These skills, with a good helping of luck, would bring him success at many points of his life; his time as commander of the Army of the Potomac was clearly not one of these instances.McClellan [...]


    9. Good book, a great chance to read about a major, but little understood, figure in history. This book presented a very fair appraisal of the Young Napoleon. It laid out his many strong points as a military administrator, logistician, and strategist. But it laid bare the poor quality traits which prevented him from achieving the glory he never sought, but did expect. Sears did a good job putting Little Mac in the context of his times, his ego and sense of divine direction were not unique for his t [...]


    10. An excellent biography of a brilliant administrator who could never progress beyond the planning stage. McClellan was a nasty man who could always find someone else to blame for his own shortcomings. If he had followed through on his braggadocio the Civil War probably would have been considerably shorter.Stephen W. Sears presents a well documented presentation of the "Young Napoleon". McClellan, who was a prodigious letter writer, damns himself over and over particularly with letters to his wife [...]


    11. "George McClellan: The Young Napoleon" is one of the best biographies I have read in awhile. I know the outlines of General McClellan's lack of success during the Civil War, but this biography put meat on the bones. The author is obviously a scholar of the Civil War as the research for this book demonstrates. He used extensive primary materials, including the General's wartime reports and letters to his wife, Mr. Sears is a wonderful writer. And General McClellan is one of the most interesting c [...]


    12. I found this book to be dry and overly long. Also felt like a hatchet job. McClellan did do some things right!


    13. Very good book about a Great General who was often too slow to act even when the time was perfect. I likes this boook and plan to read more books by this author.


    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *