Presentation on theme: ""Little Mac's Union Squeeze" "At this moment we find ourselves in the face of superior forces wherever we look, whether to the North, the East, or the."— Presentation transcript:
"Little Mac's Union Squeeze" "At this moment we find ourselves in the face of superior forces wherever we look, whether to the North, the East, or the West, or the South itself. Generals Joseph Johnston and Beauregard are held by McClellan on the Potomac as in a vice." -- Richmond Examiner, Jan. 16. A cartoon from the Richmond Examiner, reprinted in the Harper's Weekly of February 8, 1862, portrays General George McClellan as a giant snake, putting the squeeze on the Confederates. In late January, Lincoln had issued his General War Order No. 1, calling for an immediate Union mobilization before February 22nd. This order reflected Lincoln's frustration with McClellan, who had been slow to launch an attack.
This started at sea with the Monitor vs. the Merrimack off the coast of Virginia. The monitor almost sunk on the way there but eventually turned the CSS Virginia away
SHENANDOAH - (March 23 – June 9) Confederate Wins - Stonewall leads 17,000 troops against 50,000 Union troops and wins multiple battles.
SEVEN PINES - Draw (May 31 –June 1) -McClellan hesitates near Richmond --Johnston hurt; Lee takes over Richmond Joseph E. Johnston digs trenches at Seven Pines, 5 miles east of Richmond when McClellan hesitates costing the Union Victory and a shot at Richmond.
McClellan lead the Union, and Joseph Johnston lead the Confederates SEVEN PINES - Draw (May 31 –June 1)
SEVEN DAYS (June 25 – Aug 1) - McClellan demoted (for General Pope) after Richmond attack fails (even with high rebel losses) Rebels win!
SEVEN DAYS - (June 25 – Aug 1) The Seven Days: The bloody sequence of battles around Richmond began on June 26, 1862, and lasted for a week. Determined to hurl McClellan back from the Confederate capital, Lee attacked him again and again - at Mechanicsville, Gaines' Mill, Savage's Station, Frayser's Farm, and Malvern Hill. McClellan won four out of the five battles, but proved as fearful in victory as he was in defeat, backing steadily away until he reached Harrison's Landing on the James. The Peninsula Campaign, begun with such bright hope, had ended in defeat.