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McClellan's other story : the political intrigue of Colonel Thomas M. Key, confidential aide to General George B. McClellan

by William B Styple

  Book : Biography

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New information, well researched   (2012-11-13)

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by belgrove

This is the story of General George B. McClellan's "Confidential Aide and Political Advisor" Colonel Thomas M. Key of Kentucky, who served on staff from 1861-1863.  Key wrote all of McClellan's Politico-Military Orders including the infamous Harrison's Landing Letter of July 7, 1862 to President Lincoln--telling Lincoln not to turn the conflict into a War of Abolition.  This well-researched, heavily illustrated volume tell the whole story for the first time.  Key was an Ohio Democrat before the War and planned to make McClellan President.  His political intrigue interferred with the course of the war and effectively ruined McClellan's career.   Key remained hidden from view for 150 years, but no longer.  A must-read for any Civil War buff.




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