McClellan has the 'fasts'
- I started reading Rafuses' new McClellan book and must say I am
enjoying it. It is almost as if he is taking a contrarian view toward
every negative story about Mac in the Maryland Campaign.
Having just read Harsh's 'Taken at the Flood' for a second time, it is
refreshing now to read the Maryland Campaign from where Mac stood. The
strange thing, though, is that although Rafuse borrows liberally from
Harsh, the story about Mac seems completely different. It is although
Rafuse's Mac is a bulldozer, relentlessly running after the fleeing
Confederates. Sure makes for gripping reading.
- OK. Thanks.
From: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com [mailto:TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com]
On Behalf Of Thomas Clemens
Sent: Tuesday, July 12, 2005 2:35 PM
Subject: RE: [TalkAntietam] McClellan has the 'fasts'
I read the book too, and thought the mention of the K-N Act was
tangental to the theme. Rafuse was discussing McClellan's shift from a
tradtional Whig to a Douglas Democrat, and IIRC, Jim wanted a discussion
of the inconsistency of that shift due to Douglas' sponsoring of the K-N
Act. Rafuse does talk about it later, in the context of Lincoln, but it
cannot be fairly said that Rafuse ignores or leaves it out. It just was
not as emphasized as Jim thought it should be. Fair criticism, but not
an indictment of the author.
Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
Professor of History
Hagerstown Community College
>>> jbeckner@... 07/12/05 10:53 AM >>>OK....are they dealt with in any detail? One of Jim's criticisms (he
READ the book, you know) was that Rafuse didn't raise some questions on
some topics that probably should have been raised.
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