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    Piecemeal Attacks.  While there were many challenges facing the Army of the Potomac at Antietam, not least among them the skill and fighting prowess of the Army of Northern Virginia, many senior Civil War figures and historians today place the central blame for the Union failure to produce a decisive victory on McClellan's overall attack plan which had his major offenses following one after another.  Lee was thus able to quickly maneuver forces from one portion of the battlefield to another.  A more coordinated assault should have produced the victory that Lincoln and the North so highly coveted.

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    Piecemeal Attacks.  While there were many challenges facing the Army of the Potomac at Antietam, not least among them the skill and fighting prowess of the Army of Northern Virginia, many senior Civil War figures and historians today place the central blame for the Union failure to produce a decisive victory on McClellan's overall attack plan which had his major offenses following one after another.  Lee was thus able to quickly maneuver forces from one portion of the battlefield to another.  A more coordinated assault should have produced the victory that Lincoln and the North so highly coveted.

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