Controversial Generals of the Civil War Pamplin Historical Park hosts a symposium called "Generals We Love to Hate" looking at some of the more controversial military leaders of the Civil War.

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    9:00 AM EDT

    Union General George McClellan

    Professor George Rable talked about Union General George McClellan, who commanded the Union Army of the Potomac in the early stages of the Civil War. Professor Rable talked about McClellan’s military successes and failures, his reputation for arrogance, as well as his rocky relationships with high-ranking Union officials, most notably President Abraham Lincoln. This talk was part of Pamplin Historical Park’s symposium called “Generals We Love to Hate” looking at some of the more controversial military leaders of the Civil War.

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    10:44 AM EDT

    Union General Benjamin Butler

    Professor Brian Matthew Jordan talked about Union General Benjamin Butler, who became known in the South as the “Beast” for his stern actions as military governor after the fall of New Orleans. Professor Jordan discussed criticisms of Butler’s battlefield tactics during several fights, as well as questions about some of his financial dealings and those of subordinates under his command. This talk was part of Pamplin Historical Park’s symposium called “Generals We Love to Hate” looking at some of the more controversial military leaders of the…

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    12:58 PM EDT

    Panel Discussion on Controversial Generals of the Civil War

    Historians answered audience questions about Civil War generals, including which ones have been the most loved and hated through history. They also talked about which generals had the best and worst relations with the press. This discussion was part of a symposium on controversial Civil War generals hosted by Pamplin Historical Park.