General George B. McClellan Comparison Essay by cee-cee

General George B. McClellan
Compares the writings of James M. McPherson and Thomas J. Rowland about Civil War General George B. McClellan.
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This paper explains the role of General George B. McClellan in the Civil War and the controversy around his generalship. More specifically, the paper reviews Thomas J. Rowland's book "George B. McClellan and Civil War History: In the Shadow of Grant and Sherman", which paints a bleak psychological picture of McClellan, and James M. McPherson's more factual book "Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction". Both authors are convincing with their arguments, the author concludes, because they use well-documented and reliable primary and secondary sources, particularly military documents and records from the time of the Civil War.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "George McClellan." (2007). Internet. Retrieved April 14, 2008 from
  • Guelzo, Allen C. (2004). Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America. New York: Simon & Schuster.
  • McPherson, James M. (1993). Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction.New York: McGraw-Hill Companies.
  • Rowland, Thomas J. (1998). George B. McClellan and Civil War History: In the Shadow of Grant and Sherman. OH: Kent State University Press.

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