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One of the War’s most intriguing figures to me has always been the Union’s General-in-Chief, George McClellan. On paper, President Lincoln couldn’t have hoped for a better general. They called him “The Young Napoleon” because he possessed an incredibly strategic mind. He was the youngest member ever to be accepted to the U.S. Military Academy (at age 1 5 — I’m sure he was homeschooled) and he graduated top of his class ... (only reason he missed top spot: sup par sketching skills)
-Excellent recruiter; when he came on board, he increased the volunteers for the army by 300% in 4 months
-Troops loved him: under him, they started to believe
So no one was surprised when P resident Lincoln made McClellan General-In-Chief. He had the experience. He had the talent. He had it all. And now he had a powerhouse army, outnumbering his enemy more than 2 to 1.
There was just one problem:
The man would not fight.
For weeks General McClellan readied his position, organized, and strategized. Lee’s army lay dangerously exposed just a few miles away. President Lincoln repeatedly urged McClellan to put his numerical and tactical advantage to use and crush the rebellion with one, swift attack. McClellan understood the strategy. He knew the odds. But he wouldn’t fight.
If a military man is unwilling to fight, what good are all his other talents?
So, after an excruciating year of inactivity, Lincoln removed the greatest military mind of his time and eventually replaced him with a man with half his tactical talent, but a man who would have picked a fight with a beehive buck¬-naked: Ulysses S. Grant.
The greatest asset of a military man is his ability to fight. Without that, all other assets are— ultimately— useless.
I share that because I want to talk about something as Christians, a a church — have to do well; something which, without it, everything else we do is usel ...
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