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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

October 15, 1862

McClellan Issued General Order

In an audacious response to the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation from his Commander-in-Chief, General George McClellan issued a General Order to his troops, which said in part (emphasis added):

“…The remedy for political errors, if any are committed, is to be found only in the action of the people at the polls. In thus calling the attention of this army to the true relation between the soldiers and the Government, the General Commanding merely adverts to an evil against which it has been thought advisable during our whole history to guard the armies of the Republic, and in so doing he will not be considered by any right minded person as casting any reflection upon that loyalty and good conduct which has been so fully illustrated upon so many battle-fields. …”