Back in print after 144 years, this slim volume, written by McClellan himself in 1863, describes his activities in the future state of West Virginia. It offers a unique insight into the mind of one of the most famous of Civil War figures. Indexed with supplemental materials, including archival telegraphs to and from noted individuals during the campaign.
McClellan’s report is an excellent summary of the events and his plans to save the railroads and secure northwestern Virginia for the Union. The planning and execution of the three-month campaign was his alone without direction or guidance from Washington. As his report shows, it was an unqualified success with negligible loss to either side. – Fritz Haselberger, author of Yanks From the South: The Battle of Rich Mountain
This report is important not only as a military campaign report, but as a brief history of conditions in the western Virginia counties that became West Virginia. McClellan was acutely aware of the advantages to be gained by the North if he could establish a foothold in that area. – Jack Dickinson, author of Tattered Uniforms and Bright Bayonets: West Virginia’s Confederate Soldiers