Wait a minute…wait a minute…so he’s saying it wasn’t Mac at all, it was Key?
Key wrote all the policy and political stuff, key decided whether to follow Lincoln’s orders?
Did Key write Mac’s letter to his wife? Was Key in charge of the Army of the Potomac?
Certainly Key’s stuff had to be reviewed by Mac, at the very least. From what I know about Mac, I would think that perhaps Mac was pulling Key’s strings, not the other way around.
Not impressed so far. “The infamous (!) Harrison landing letter that Slapped the Lincoln administration in the fact”. Hmm.. really? Key talking to Cobb = “negotiating a peace settlement with the Confederacy”? Hmm.. really? We know McClellan threatened to issue his own emancipation proclamation if fired because Chase *stated* in his diary that Key’s letter said so? Even though that page of letter isn’t there. Hmm… Really? McClellan refused to help Pope “and Key and his staff sat around laughing and smoking while 2nd Bull Run was fought” Hmm… Really?
I also love the way he flashes people’s pictures on a screen, as if that makes overheated speculation, hearsay, guesswork, and reliance on biased witnesses. reliable historical fact.
Sounds like another Slotnick-type hatchet job.
In my view, the “all or nothing” approach is unlikely here. It is unlikely that, knowing McClellan, he would simply abdicate this to Key. It is equally unliklely, knowing Key, that he would act merely as a glorified secretary. Far more likely, IMHO, is that Key had influence on McClellan when the latter came to conclusions about conduct of the war. Standing alone, of course, the letter itself is not all that nefarious and was a response to the Administration. When one considers the substance of the treasonous statement made by the Colonel’s brother which resulted in his (the brother’s) cashiering, things may take on a different color. The Major may have just been making it up – but he also clearly was in a “position to know”..
Great story, it sure must have been hot in that room. Like Simpson’s presentations much more. Makes this student want to further investigate Rawlins role with Grant, have always had suspicions, especially when Rawlins died early on and Grant spun out of control.
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