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Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2018 9:20 a.m. PST

For me it was a toss-up between McClellan and Bragg. I voted for Bragg only because he seemed to have more conflict with his subordinate general officers than McClellan. But they were, to my opinion, about equal as "worst" battlefield commanders.


ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Jul 2018 9:27 a.m. PST

I had to go with McClellan. Few commanders in history have ever let such opportunities slip through their fingers.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2018 10:39 a.m. PST

I still say Burnside, he seems incapable of commanding a highschool marching band.

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2018 12:08 p.m. PST

So far, this poll suggests that North America seems to have a monopoly on military incompetence!

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP11 Jul 2018 5:26 p.m. PST

Are you jealous?

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2018 7:36 a.m. PST

I do with Santa Ana – at least Burnside and McClellan didn't lose a third of their country!

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP12 Jul 2018 9:56 a.m. PST

Winston. Yes!

We were putting muppets in charge long before your Continent was even discovered!

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP13 Jul 2018 7:48 a.m. PST

Burnside and others greatly helped McClellan let such opportunities slip through their fingers.

Burnside helped himself and Grant in a similar way too.

Personal logo Jlundberg Supporting Member of TMP16 Jul 2018 7:29 p.m. PST

McClellan did not win battles that he should have, but he did not lose them either – Hooker, Pope and Burnside all failed in the face of odds and lost their battles. McClellan managed to bleed the ANV white in the Peninsula and Antietam campaigns. I suspect that the relentless ferocity of the attacks as well as his misguided faith in Pinkerton left him more passive than he should have been by rights

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