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You must act,” the president finally wrote to McClellan in exasperation. While McClellan procrastinated, the Confederates sent additional troops to the Richmond area and built intricate defenses around their capital. When McClellan finally began his push toward Richmond in earnest on June 25, the Army of the Potomac found itself caught in seven days of intense fighting against a formidable enemy. By the end of these “Seven Days’ Battles,” the federal forces had been turned back. q 6/19/03 11:11 PM Page 61 “TO SAVE THE UNION” John Pope to be the new commander for the army in northern Virginia and scholarly Henry “Old Brains” Halleck to be the new general in chief for all the Union armies.
Lincoln thought a frontal assault on the large Confederate army at Manassas would make more sense. Nonetheless, acknowledging McClellan’s greater military expertise, Lincoln approved the general’s plan. In early 1862, despite his worries about McClellan’s handling of the war in the east, Lincoln had good reason to feel hopeful about the military situation in the western theater (west of the Appalachian Mountains). On February 6 and February 17, a relatively unknown Union general named Ulysses S.
As many historians have pointed out, however, the Emancipation Proclamation actually freed very few slaves because it pertained only to areas where the federal government had no sway. Other scholars emphasize that the proclamation was vitally important as a symbol: It made clear for the first time that the North was fighting not only for the Union, but also for black freedom. ” By striving tirelessly for the Thirteenth Amendment to outlaw slavery throughout the nation, Lincoln ensured that racial slavery would never again be permitted within the United States.