Contrary to several other's opinions, I believe Lincoln had a very good grasp on the war. He knew that Little Mac was supposed to be the rising star in the army and hoped he was the man who would lead the AOP to victory in the east. But Lincoln started having serious doubts about McClellan's ability early on for a multitude of reasons. McClellan never had enough men and was continually calling for more men to the point of absurdity. He was paranoid, partially because of bad intelligence being given by Pinkerton, in that he always thought he was greatly outnumbered. He would give the president a date when the army was to leave and the date would come and go and he hadn't moved an inch. When Lincoln asked, there was always an excuse and his army would be delayed several more weeks for seemingly no good reason. When his army finally reached the lower Peninsula it moved at a snails pace despite being opposed by a much smaller force that tricked him into thinking they had many more men than they actually had in his front. McClellan was very disrespectful to Lincoln and I believe Lincoln should have cashiered him the moment he cowered at Harrison's Landing under the protection of his gunboats after Malvern Hill. If you read his letters to his wife it becomes clear that one of his biggest faults was his ego which was the size of Texas. He certainly thought highly of himself and he demonstrated over and over that he was not the man for the job and Lincoln showed great patience in dealing with him. McClellan was like a 5 star, can't miss, blue chip football recruit. He had the pedigree, talked the talk and looked the part. But when the big lights came on he became timid and folded under the pressure and blamed everyone else for his failures.