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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.


Abraham Lincoln

"President Abraham Lincoln meets with General George McClellan on the battlefield of Antietam in Maryland, 1862."

from Wig-Wags

Railroad Generalship: Foundations of Civil War Strategy

Some astonishing statistics which illustrate why railroads challenged traditional strategic direction during the Civil War. He contends that...

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.

from CBS News

The Civil War: The birth of photojournalism

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."

from Mail Online

The Civil War warriors: Fascinating photographs of the Union generals who kept the U.S. together 150 years ago

George B. McClellan (1826-1885) opposed Abraham Lincoln while in the Army, and stood against him in the 1864 election


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

On September 17, 1862, George B. McClellan halts the northward drive of Robert E. Lee's Confederate army in the single-day Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history.