On this day in the Civil War, Union General George McClellan continues to request more troops from President Abraham Lincoln, to join the Army of the Potomac. Throughout General McClellan’s Civil War career, he significantly overestimates the size of the Confederate Army and demands additional troops.

After the Antietam campaign,  President Lincoln confides to a friend that he “had tried long enough to bore with an auger too dull to take hold. He (McClellan) has got the slows.”


General George McClellan

(Photo Credit: National Archives)

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