Army of Northern Virginia: February to September 1862

Lincoln Versus Horace Greeley

What did the Union do in response to the invasion?

Lincoln had already made a difficult decision: to place McClellan at the head of the Army of the Potomac once more. Those who watched—and those who today read—marveled at Lincoln’s incredible patience with McClellan, the man who so often let the rebels off the hook. There were good reasons for restoring McClellan to high command, however, and the main one was the incredible confidence he instilled in the men.


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