- Jun 21, 2008
What I like about General Meade when he took command of the Union Army was that he was not like the others; Pope, Burnside and Hooker(not counting McDowell and McClellan), for they were proud braggarts who boasted of their own plans and strategies to win but all failed. Meade was a humble man who knew he was new to command and after the first day of battle he had a meeting with all his generals and asked their opinions on whether to stay and fight or not, he relied on the opinions of his generals and not himself. All his generals voted unanimously to stay and fight therefore he stayed to fight. It would probably be disastrous for the Union Army if instead of Meade to command they had another Hooker or Burnside or Pope. He may have not pursued General Lee's Confederate Army in their retreat but didn't want to take the risk, rather be safe than sorry. This angered Lincoln but Meade in my opinion had rathered stake his reputation than the Army and the Union.