Voices From the Past: "An Inferior Force"

Posted: 10/24/2011
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Union soldiers retrieve the body of a comrade killed at Ball's Bluff from the Potomac River.


“Well, so far we seem to have applied a new maxim of war, always to meet the enemy with an inferior force at the point of attack.”


—General George B. McClellan, as overheard in a comment to headquarters staff, in the wake of the Union debacle at Ball’s Bluff.
 
 

 
  
Source: Wilder Dwight, Life and Letters of Wilder Dwight (Boston, 1891), 122.
 
Photo Credit: Library of Congress. 
 

 

 

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