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Recently, Civil War historians, (and Park Rangers), have been giving McClellan more credit. His image is slowly being improved in both the academic and public realms, and this is a good thing. But let's not let that pendulum swing too far. Indeed, before we go ahead and issue a formal apology to the memory of George McClellan and to his descendants, it must be remembered that Mac certainly had his share of failings and faults. We all do. But his vanity was ugly, and his penchant for allowing his personal, conservative views to interfere with the war effort was not beneficial. Neither was his habit of criticizing and ridiculing his boss, Abe Lincoln. And when he suggested in the summer of 1863 that the reason the Union army had not achieved a total and complete victory at Antietam was due to the failings of Ambrose Burnside, well, he stabbed his old friend in the back. That was so not cool.