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Hubbell nassas, was only shifting, and not surmounting, a difficulty. . The country will not fail to note — is now noting — that the present hesitation to move upon an intrenched enemy’’ replicates earlier hesitations. Lincoln assured McClellan that ‘‘I have never written you, or spoken to you, in greater kindness of feeling, nor with a fuller purpose to sustain you, so far as in my most anxious judgment, I consistently can. ’’ Lincoln might have added, act in the manner of Ulysses S. Grant at Shiloh.

33. W. C. Corsan, Two Months in the Confederate States: An Englishman’s Travels through the South, ed. Benjamin H. Trask (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1996), 87– 88. A Civil War Watershed 27 john t. hubbell The Seven Days of George Brinton McClellan H istory and historians have not been kind to George Brinton McClellan. His many critics have charged him with a multitude of faults — passivity, indecisiveness, ‘‘demons and delusions,’’ and fears that bordered on actual cowardice.

Roy P. Basler, 9 vols. : Rutgers University Press, 1953–55), 5 : 355–56. 28. For a fuller development of the themes in this paragraph, see Gallagher, Confederate War, especially chap. 3; and Gary W. Gallagher, ‘‘The Idol of His Soldiers and the Hope of His Country,’’ in Gallagher, Lee and His Generals in War and Memory (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1998). 29. James M. McPherson, Battle Cry of Freedom: The Era of the Civil War (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988), 490–91. 30.

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