Tale Untwisted: McClellan & Lee’s Lost Orders (Savas Beatie Spotlight)

My co-authored essay with Gene Thorp on Mac’s handling of Lee’s Lost Orders is out! These eminent Civil War scholars had the following to say about it.

This well documented and logical explanation of the controversial Lee’s “Lost Orders” debate finally puts the actions of General George McClellan in a proper context. Before a single Union soldier took a step in response to any order based on finding S.O. 191, Lee remarked that he found the Union army “advancing more rapidly than convenient.” Now we know why. — Thomas G. Clemens, ed., The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, Vols. 1-3.

Thorp and Rossino make a very persuasive case for McClellan having received the Lost Orders in mid-afternoon and sending his dispatch to Lincoln at midnight on September 13, 1862. If I were writing my Antietam book today, I would follow their account. — James M. McPherson, author of Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam and the Pulitzer prize-winning Battle Cry of Freedom.

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The inaugural offering in Savas Beatie’s Spotlight Essay Series, this study is only available as an e-Book.

About the essay

The discovery of Robert E. Lee’s Special Orders no. 191 outside of Frederick, Maryland on September 13, 1862 is one of the most important and hotly disputed events of the American Civil War. For more than 150 years historians have debated if George McClellan, commander of the Union Army of the Potomac, dawdled upon receiving a copy of the orders before warily advancing to challenge Lee’s forces at the Battle of South Mountain.

In this new digital essay, the first in the Spotlight Series to be published by Savas Beatie, authors Gene Thorp and Alexander Rossino document exhaustively how ‘Little Mac’ moved with uncharacteristic energy to counter the Confederate threat and take advantage of Lee’s divided forces, striking a blow in the process that wrecked Lee’s plans and sent his army reeling back toward Virginia.

The essay is a beautifully woven tour-de-force of primary research that proposes to put a final word on the debate over the fate and impact of the Lost Orders on the history of the 1862 Maryland Campaign.

About Savas Beatie’s Spotlight Series

Savas Beatie is pleased to introduce its Spotlight series.

Few venues exist today for the publication of essay-length scholarly research supported with footnotes and maps. The Savas Beatie Spotlight series fills that need by presenting readers with outstanding studies on subjects of historical significance that would otherwise be left unwritten and thus unread.

By focusing tightly on specific issues and debates, the Spotlight essays further historical scholarship and offer a platform for authors who have interesting research to present, but who might not be prepared to publish a book-length study.

Offering these essays in digital format meets the needs of most modern readers while keeping costs down and ensuring the widest possible distribution.

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