Describe the different approaches to waging war of Grant and McClellan, utilizing Grant’s campaign in the West and McClellan’s maneuvers in Virginia.
George B. McClellan was regarded as ‘young napoleon’ after bringing rare success for the Union. The Union believed he would bring a solution to the North. His campaigns on Virginia’s peninsula and Antietam failed miserably after failing to take up Richmond as he advanced up the Virginia Peninsula and failed to destroy the Confederate army at Antietam.
McClellan had not joined the Union army yet though he was given chance to be a strategist for fighting the war, he, therefore, was expected to go beyond tactics and operations that would lead to success. His strategy was to wipe out or subdue the Confederate in one campaign. The approach looked promising; however, his shortcomings sabotaged him. He came up with a grand plan; the first of its kind in American history which entailed diplomatic, military, political strategies. It called for continuous and simultaneous action against the Confederates. Furthermore, he suggested asking the Mexicans for their assistance. He planned on submission of the Confederates in one prolonged war with careful preparation. McClellan intended to raise an army under his direct command to deliver the biggest blow to Virginia. Other retaliating actions would be taken after Virginia had been subdued; this entailed driving up farther into the Deep South in union with the western forces. The plan was to capture major Confederate ports with the support of the navy. This was used as a blueprint for the war. The peninsula campaign was put into action with its men landing on the Confederate’s capital. His force again failed to capitalize on its strength believing they were outnumbered. General Lee took control over the confederate forces which resulted in a seven day battle. Lincoln refused to send reinforcement to McClellan hence his army returned to Washington.
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