General George B. McClellan,1862. George Brinton McClellan (December 3, 1826 – October 29, 1885) was a major general during the American Civil War and the Democratic Party candidate for President in 1864. He organized the famous Army of the Potomac and served briefly (November 1861 to March 1862) as the general-in-chief of the Union Army.
George B. McClellan (Union). An early leader of the Union Army, but his reluctance to meet the Confederates head-on in battle infuriated President Lincoln, at a time when a decisive victory could potentially have brought a swift end to the war. Was beaten by Lincoln in the 1864 election.
President Abraham Lincoln at Antietam with George McClellan in deep conversation. Lincoln soon removed McClellan from his duties following McClellan's disappointing performance and leadership. McClellan always had disrespect for Lincoln and in the 1864 Presidential Election, McClellan was nominated by the Democrats to run against Lincoln. Lincoln needless to say defeated McClellan easily in the end.
The Scottish-born photographer Alexander Gardner (1821 - 1882) was appointed as staff photographer under General George B. McClellan. He became famous for his Civil War-era images, including the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam.
November 5, 1862: President Lincoln removes General George B. McClellan from command of the Army of the Potomac. The two men could not stand each other, with McClellan referring to Lincoln as a "great ape", and Lincoln increasingly frustrated with the General's inability to act in the field. Lincoln said of McClellan: "If General McClellan isn't going to use his army, I'd like to borrow it for a time."
Antietam National Battlefield Antietam Battlefield - Philip Pry Farm The Philip Pry House served as headquarters for Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan, Union commander during the Battle of Antietam, and as a field hospital and headquarter of the Army of the Potomac medical department in the aftermath