General McClellan is one of the most misrepresented figures in American history. If we were to judge other Civil War generals by the same unreasonable standards by which McClellan has usually been judged, no general would emerge untarnished or credible. To understand the true nature of the Civil War, one must understand what was done to McClellan and why.
Last week I web-published an article titled Answering Some Criticisms of General George B. McClellan. It deals with many of the most common attacks on McClellan. Among other issues, it discusses McClellan's response to the finding of Lee's Special Order 191, the Battle of Antietam, the siege of Yorktown, the estimation of Confederate troop strength, the Seven Days Battle, the change of base to Harrison's Landing, and McClellan's response to the order to send his troops to General Pope.
I have web-published two other articles in defense of McClellan:
The Smearing of General George B. McClellan
McClellan's Early Defenders Speak: Voices from the Past in Defense of General George B. McClellan
I've also created a McClellan website:
George B. McClellan: Outstanding General, War Hero, Christian Gentleman