Thursday, July 7, 2016

McHenry County CW Round Table-- Part 6: Keeping the Reserves Reserved

**  None of the Seven Days battles involved the whole force on either side.

**  Most were fought with between 1/3 and 1/2 of forces.

**  McClellan kept a large reserve of troops.

**  Napoleon always needed large numbers of reserves to commit at the right time.

**  McClellan wouldn't commit his.

**  After Gaines Mill, McClellan made the decision to retreat.

**  However, he didn't call it a retreat.  It was a "Change of Base."

Next month the topic of discussion will be on Overall Commanders of the Army of the Potomac.

--Old Secesh

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