On the McClellan Go Round- George McClellan and the Antietam Campaign (Lecture)

Here’s Ranger Dan Vermilya giving an excellent presentation during the 2017 Gettysburg National Military Park Winter Lecture Series. This presentation discusses Major General George B. McClellan’s performance during the Maryland Campaign of 1862. Dan really does a great job with this lecture.

The video’s description reads, “George Brinton McClellan- one of the Civil War’s most controversial and disliked generals- has been the subject of scorn and derision for decades. Frequently near or at the top of ‘worst generals’ lists, historians typically use words such as coward, traitor, or foolish to describe this former commander of the Army of the Potomac. But is the story we all seem to know so well correct? Does George McClellan deserve the reputation he has today? Join Ranger Dan Vermilya for a look at McClellan’s actions in the pivotal Antietam Campaign, the most important of McClellan’s military career, to see why when it comes to the ‘Young Napoleon’ history tends to be ruled by perceptions and not realities.”

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