- Nov 10, 2006
A real life example would be during the period McClellan was incommunicado on 1st July 1862. McClellan gave Sumner a written order stating he was in command for the few hours McClellan would be away. Sumner then ordered Malvern Hill abandoned and for Porter to assault Lee. Porter immediately queried Sumner's authority for such an unusual order, and refused to carry it out without confirmation from McClellan.Under normal circumstances, this order would be an (extremely insulting, but legal) order from McClellan's HQ to Pope. Under the circumstances which actually obtain, Pope would be quite within his rights to request confirmation of the order...