The official site for modern photographs of American Civil War Battlefields

George B. McClellan

Date of Birth:      December 3, 1826
Hometown:         Philadelphia, PA
Education:           West Point, 1846
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  N/A

Date of Death:     October 29, 1885
Place of Death:    Orange, NJ
Buried At:            Trenton, NJ

Major Battles:        Rich Mountain, Peninsula Campaign, Seven Days, South Mountain, Antietam Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    After the Union defeat, at First Manassas, Lincoln sent for McClellan, to bring order to his Washington D.C. army - soon to be known as the Army of the Potomac.  McClellan, who had had success, in western Virginia, was able to bring organization, and pride to the army.  However, Lincoln would find that "Little Mac" had "the Slows," and was not the aggressive fighter he would need to win the Civil War.  After an initial success in the Peninsula Campaign, McClellan would be forced back to Harrison's Landing in "the Seven Days."  Then McClellan would further anger Lincoln by systematically holding back support to John Pope, at Second Manassas.  However, when Lincoln needed someone to oppose Robert E. Lee, in Maryland, Lincoln once again turned to the "Young Napoleon," sending McClellan, after Lee, to fateful day on Antietam Creek, at Sharpsburg, MD.  After pushing Lee back into Virginia, Lincoln would become incensed, with McClellan, not pursuing Lee.  Lincoln remove McClellan, for the last time, in November 1862.  McClellan would go on to be the Democratic nominee for president, in 1864, opposing Lincoln - and being beaten by a landslide, in an election that the troops overwhelmingly favored Lincoln.

Home | Battlefields | Commanders | Store | Library | Links | Equipment | About | Contact