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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

October 06, 1862

Lincoln Ordered McClellan to Start Moving Army

Tensions between President Abraham Lincoln and General George McClellan continued. Lincoln had visited McClellan at Sharpsburg on October 3, urging his to follow up on the Battle of Antietam. McClellan had also attended a meeting of the Lincoln’s cabinet; they had also prodded him to act. The President attended a parade and review of the Army, after which he called the army “McClellan’s Bodyguard.” But on this day, Lincoln ordered McClellan to start moving. McClellan considered it, but he wanted to see his family first.