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April 12, 1865

My Dearest, Mary Ellen

At long last, the Union is victorious! If you haven’t already heard, that drunkard Grant finally did something worthwhile and he got Old Man Lee to surrender at Appomattox Court House. I personally think I could’ve ended the war far before now if I were still in command, but alas, Lincoln feels that a General who graduated 22nd in his class at West Point is better than a General who graduated 2nd in his class at West Point. But Lincoln’s poor taste in Generals, thankfully, was not the downfall of the Union. Thankfully we pulled ourselves together to defeat the Confederate forces. But I have a question nobody has asked yet: What are we supposed to do now? Are we supposed to just go on and pretend nothing happened? The Union is united again, but we still have the same disagreements that tore us apart in the first place! I have a feeling that this is not the last we’ve seen of the Confederacy, and I know that as long as slaves are free, we will not g…

1864 Blog

November 12, 1864

My Dearest, Mary Ellen

I have wonderful news. I have been nominated by the Democratic Party to run for President against President Abraham Lincoln in the Presidential Election of 1864. This may come as a shock to have such an honor, but I am sure I will handle this matter with precision and devotion. I know it may be a challenge, especially considering that most of the Democratic voters are now traitors and rebels, but I will do whatever it takes to win! Lincoln better not get too comfy in the White House, because I’m about to send him back to that cabin in Illinois where he came from. If he thinks he’s got this election in the bag, he’s got another thing coming! Lincoln took my pride, my honor, my reputation, my army, and my superiority from me when he removed me from my position, so now I shall simply return the favor by taking the country from his blood-covered hands. I must head up to Washington so I can prepare my speeches and debate arguments. The next time you…

1863 Blog

July 5, 1863

My Dearest, Mary Ellen

I’m not sure if you’ve heard yet, but there has been a huge battle in Gettysburg. It lasted three days and the casualties are tremendously catastrophic. Over 50,000 men killed or indjured is a high price for a Union victory in our own territory. I feel as if Lee is getting almost too aggressive without stopping to think about all the lives of his soldiers he’s throwing away, thus costing him over a third of his army. If I were still in command, the casualties wouldn’t even be near the amount of casualties that actually occurred. Meade may have anticipated Lee’s attack, but at what cost? At least I have a respect for human life! I would’ve done a much better job leading the Union to a much more stable and happy victory! If only Lincoln had listened to reason. I know complaining about it won’t change the past, but I just wish there was something I could do. I hate just sitting on the sidelines watching the game progress, knowing that there is absolute…

1862 Blog

March 11, 1862

Dearest Mary Ellen,

I have some bad news. We weren’t as successful at Antietam as I’d hoped. In my opinion we won, the job was done, and we didn’t need to push any further and risk losing any more men. Lincoln disagreed, I guess he doesn’t understand the value of human life as I do. He must not understand my bond with these men, he must not understand that these men all have someone who will mourn them; a mother, a wife, a brother, a child. Throwing away one life could ruin two or three more. He has ordered me back to New Jersey to await new orders, but I have a feeling they will never come. Lincoln has already found a replacement for me in both the Army of the Potomac and as Chief of the army. He claims I am timid and cowardly and with me at the helm, the army stands no chance against Lee’s aggressive troops. He says I should have gone after Lee after Antietam, that I should have been more aggressive and finished them off. Now I ride home to you now hoping my pride wil…

1861 Blog

November 1, 1861

Dearest Mary Ellen,

I have wonderful news, I’ve just been promoted to General and Chief of the Army! I know this is a lot to take on, but I am sure I can handle it. After my work with the Army of the Potomac, I am sure my skills will lead the Union to victory! I am sure you have heard of our defeat an Bull Run and Manassas, but I am sure that was just a fluke. We got a little cocky with the Rebs and underestimated them. But now their element of surprise has worn off, with new strength, we will crush the Rebels and restore peace within the Union. The Union Army has been so supportive and is confident in my skills, and I hope you are too! The overall moral of the Army has been pretty low after our loss at Bull Run and Manassas, and I hope to lift our spirits and confidence in order to crush General Lee’s forces. I am still confident in my previous statement in my last letter, I will be home before Christmas. I am very sorry I was not able to be present for our first ann…

Enlistment Letter Home

February 18 1861

Dearest Mary Ellen, 

I’ve arrived at the front and I’ve already rekindled many friendships with those whom with I served in the Mexican-American War. But I find myself disappointed; John, George, Thomas, Benjamin, and so many others are fighting on the side of the Confederacy. It pains me to fight against those who were once my brothers. But do not distress my dears, this war is predicted to last but ninety days, I’ll be home in Philadelphia in time for our one year anniversary. The Rebels have no experience running as an independent country, less than a fourth of our nation’s railroads, virtually no Navy, and barely any funds or supplies. We’ll teach the Rebs a lesson and the war will be over before it even starts! Now I have to run, there’s lots going on, we’re setting up our regiments and everyone is busy. Love you lots. I’ll be back before you know it!

Yours,
George McClellan