Outline

McClellan wielded immense influence over the conduct of the war in late 1861 and early 1862. A. He became General-in-Chief because of his victories in 1861 and his reputation as a gifted soldier. 1. He was a West Pointer (class of 1846) who had fought in the Mexican War and traveled to Europe as a military observer. 2. He had effective command presence and charisma. 3. He came to think of himself as more knowledgeable than either Scott or Lincoln and essentially forced...

Gary Gallagher PhD

Nau Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. Before coming to UVA, he was Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University State College flagship campus. He graduated from Adams State College of Colorado and earned both his master's degree and doctorate in history from the University of Texas at Austin. His research and teaching focus are on the era of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Recognized as one of the top...

Lecture Thirty One The River War and Confederate Commerce Raiders

Scope This lecture examines operations along the Mississippi and other western rivers and the impact of Confederate commerce raiders. The campaigning in the Western Theater afforded opportunities for the North's navy to play a major role. The Union put together a flotilla that included seven ironclads specifically designed for duty in narrow, shallow rivers. Under the command of Andrew Hull Foote and, later, Charles H. Davis and David Dixon Porter, the Union Navy cooperated effectively with...