Arrival of General McClellan

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April 5, 1862. The General is arriving to take personal command of the Federal Army in its advance on Yorktown. He is enthusiastically received by the troops. On March 11, 1862 the president issued an order relieving General McClellan of part of the responsibility heretofore devolving upon him. The order stated that “General McClellan, having personally taken the field at the head of the Army of the Potomac, until otherwise ordered, he is relieved from the command of the other military departments he retaining the command of the Department of the Potomac.”


Frank Leslie Famous Leaders and Battle Scenes of the Civil War (New York, NY: Mrs. Frank Leslie, 1896)


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