General-in-Chief George B. McClellan develops a plan of attack and defends his military secrecy to increasingly skeptical politicians and subordinates.
Abraham Lincoln addresses corruption in the War Department by appointing a new secretary determined to wage more aggressive war.
Desperate for action, Abraham Lincoln calls a meeting of the Army of the Potomac’s top brass without General-in-Chief George B. McClellan.
Abraham Lincoln tries to coordinate action in the Western Theater, but his generals are reluctant to comply.
The year closes with southerners optimistic about gaining independence and northerners pessimistic about preserving the Union.
George B. McClellan rejects Abraham Lincoln’s proposal to send the Army of the Potomac into northern Virginia against Centreville and Manassas Junction.