McClellan and Grant
The Civil War names we think of as the greatest—Grant and Lee—belonged to more or less obscure figures during the opening months of the war, with Grant even more obscure than Lee. In the early months of the war, the names of Winfield Scott and George B. McClellan were on every lip in the North, and, in the South, it was Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard and Albert Sidney Johnston—the latter active in Tennessee and considered by many to be one of the most promising Confederate commanders. The South looked to the recent victory at Bull Run for encouragement, while the North could only cling to the future, hoping that it would deliver a heroic general to rescue the Union in its darkest hour.
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