- Nov 10, 2006
Lincoln actually stated in September '64 why he removed McClellan, and it's more interesting. Lincoln is on record as calling McClellan the best general he had in December '62, but Lincoln couldn't get him to do what he wanted. Lincoln had been told about with evidence that McClellan was involved in a conspiracy to deliberately prolong the war, and came to believe it around October '62. In context, he was sending to the man who told him for the actual evidence to use in the election campaign. Governor Smith, the man in question, finally wrote to Lincoln in December '64 that the whole thing was a big mistake, and he (Smith) had misinterpreted that Baldy Smith had told him.He was subsequently removed after Antietam for essentially the same reason as on the Peninsula: too slow, made too many demands, had too many excuses.