I am more inclined to believe that the firing of Buell was related to
the firing of McClellan. Buell was a McClellanite and a practioner of a
"soft" war, leaving Rebel citizens and their "property" (the 1860s "PC"
word for slaves) alone. Buell's relief was a warning, a shot across the
bows, as it were, that McClellan needed to get his army across the
Potomac and get on with the war. The EP was issued at the same time,
just after Antietam and just before the October state elections.
In those days, elections took the place of the NFL/MLBB, etc., as the
great spectator sport. They seemed to be constantly happening. Many
states elected governors and state representatives in October,
presidents in November every four years, and US representatives either
in October or November -- and some states chose their US representatives
at scattered dates during the rest of the year.
The new Congress did not meet until December of odd numbered years, 13
or 14 months after most of the representatives had been chosen. One of
the reasons Lincoln delayed calling Congress into special session for 90
days after Fort Sumter was that several states had to have time to hold
special elections to chose their representatives.
The majority *were* chosen in October and November of even numbered
years. Antietam and the EP came immediately before the elections.
Historians usually talk about how the Republicans "lost" the 1862
elections, but the reality was that the party in the White House usually
loses seats in the mid-term elections -- and the EP was issued to have
an impact on the election by bringing out the anti-slavery and
Abolitionist vote. It worked: the Republican losses in 1862 were the
smallest since before the Mexican War.
A day or so after the states which voted in November had spoken,
McClellan, barely across the Potomac and in slow, slow pursuit of Lee,
who now had a head start, was finally fired. Like the EP, McClellan's
firing was politically timed.
Judy and Bob Huddleston
10643 Sperry Street
Northglenn, CO 80234-3612
I still want to know what the connection is between the Emancipation
Proclamation and Buell's being replaced. Must be another myth.
Bob "never retreat in the face of adversity - like a Rock" Taubman