Too Useful to Sacrifice: Reconsidering George B. McClellan’s Generalship in the Maryland Campaign from South Mountain to Antietam

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Claude Bauer

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Civil War author and licensed Antietam Guide Steve Stotelmyer provided some fascinating insights into his new book, “Too Useful to Sacrifice: Reconsidering George B. McClellan’s Generalship in the Maryland Campaign from South Mountain to Antietam” at the monthly meeting of the Central Maryland Heritage League last night. In this work he rethinks some commonly held perceptions about McClellan and argues that perhaps the general wasn’t the overly cautious commander he’s often made out to be. In an interesting side conversation with Steve, he explained that the right flank of the Union army at Turner’s Gap extended much further along South Mountain than I had previously known. Here’s Steve with the artwork for the cover of his new book which can be ordered now on Amazon and will be available by August.

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