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November 28 1862 - McClennan disobeys orders and saves Washington.

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Disobedience of Orders.

It appears that McClellan did disobey orders, under the following circumstances. The Albany Argus says

While engaged in the battle of Antietam, McClellan received repeated instructions from Washington that Lee’s movement in his front was but a feint, and that his design was to attack Washington with the main body of the rebel army.

McClellan was instructed to fall back immediately to the defense of the Capital !

If he had followed the order—begotten in ignorance and panic—he would have fallen back only to find his retreat converted to a rout, his army destroyed, and the rebels in possession of Maryland, with the isolated national Capital in their power.

He disregarded these unwise instructions, fought and won the battle, drove the enemy from Maryland, and saved the Capital.


Maryland Free Press


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Washington County Free Library

Hagerstown (Md.), Newspapers; Maryland, History, Civil War, 1861-1865

Washington County (Md.), 1861-1865

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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