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Death of "Little Mac" by Eric Lipps

Author says: what if McClellan had won the Presidency in 1864? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

In 1865, April 14th, on this day the President of the United States was assassinated by a Unionist sympathiser who burst into the Presidential box whilst George B. McClellan and his wife were watching the aptly named play "Our American Cousin" at Ford's theatre in Washington, D.C.

McClellan, though loyal to the Union, was notorious for overestimating the strength of Confederate military power and, as President, had sought a negotiated peace rather than a triumph of arms he seemed to believe impossible.

Acting as general-in-chief, and also Army of the Potomac his Peninsula Campaign in 1862 ended in failure, with retreats from attacks by General Robert E. Lee's smaller army and an unfulfilled plan to seize the Confederate capital of Richmond. Later his performance at the bloody Battle of Antietam blunted Lee's invasion of Maryland, but allowed Lee to eke out a precarious tactical draw and avoid destruction, despite being outnumbered. As a result, McClellan's leadership skills during battles were questioned by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, who eventually removed him from command, before he entered the political fray and won the 1864 election.

Author says to view guest historian's comments on these post please visit the Today in Alternate History web site.

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