Like many of Levin's works, General Seeger was at the vanguard – here, casting a critical lens at the military's PR machine, 20 years before works such as 1979's critically-acclaimed television adaptation of "Friendly Fire" did.
General Seeger is one of a triad of military plays written by Levin – the others being No Time For Sergeants and Notebook Warrior. Just as Levin did with Notebook Warrior, he "wrote what he knew," extrapolating from his own experience as a private in the Army's Public Information Office at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey:
The show's director, George C. Scott, was not an easy guy to work with. Star William Bendix quit the show before its out of town opening, frustrated with ongoing changes Scott continued making, which Bendix deemed unnecessary. Indeed – after Levin refused one such change, Scott tried to push Levin down the massive grand staircase of Michigan's Shubert Theater. “He didn't succeed, though; I was holding on too tightly to the bannister.” —Levin (Philadelphia Inquirer, 1976)