George B. McClellan

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George B. McClellan
1861 photograph by Mathew Brady
24th Governor of New Jersey
In office
January 15, 1878 – January 18, 1881
Preceded by Joseph D. Bedle
Succeeded by George C. Ludlow
Personal details
Born George Brinton McClellan
December 3, 1826(1826-12-03)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died October 29, 1885(1885-10-29) (aged 58)
Orange, New Jersey
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Ellen Marcy ("Nelly") McClellan
Alma mater United States Military Academy
Profession Soldier (General)
Religion Presbyterian
Military service
Nickname(s) Little Mac
The Young Napoleon[1]
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1846–1857, 1861–1864
Rank Union Army major general rank insignia.svg Major general (USA)
Commands Department of the Ohio
Army of the Potomac
Battles/wars Mexican–American War
American Civil War

George Brinton McClellan (December 3, 1826 – October 29, 1885) was a Major general in Union army during the American Civil War. In 1861 and 1862, he was in charge of the Army of the Potomac. He led the Peninsular Campaign, an attempt to take Richmond, Virginia that didn't work. Though he won the Battle of Antietam, he did not get along with President Abraham Lincoln, who fired him. After he stopped being a general, he became a politician, and ran against Lincoln in the 1864 election. He was later Governor of New Jersey, though he was originally from Pennsylvania. He was also a prominent engineer, and was offered the job as President of the University of California.

He was seen as slow and thought all his fights through, training his soldiers very long. He was too slow acting for Abraham Lincoln's taste, who fired him several times. Mrs. Lincoln despised him greatly, therefore an influence of Mr. Lincoln's decision.

References[change | change source]

  1. John H.Eicher; David J. Eicher, Civil War High Commands (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001), p. 371.