November 13, 1861 | McClellan Ignores Lincoln and Seward

By November 13, 2019Today in History
Portrait of Major Genl. George B. McClellan

Lincoln, Seward, and presidential secretary John Hay stopped by to see the general. McClellan was out, so the trio waited for his return. After an hour, McClellan came in and was told by a porter that the guests were waiting. McClellan headed for his room without a word, and only after Lincoln waited another half-hour was the group informed of McClellan’s retirement to bed. Hay felt that the president should have been greatly offended, but Lincoln replied that it was “better at this time not to be making points of etiquette and personal dignity.”

I can’t imagine leaving me supervisors waiting for me while I go to bed.