George McClellan


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George B. McClellan (born December 3, 1826, died October 29, 1885) was a major general during the American Civil War. In his history he had been very successful in war, graduating from West Point within the top 5 percent of his class. In November 1861 George McClellan was appointed as General-In-Chief of the Union Army. McClellan was very careful and tedious in his planning and preparation before battle. These same traits may be the reason why he was not able to easily face aggressive enemies. McClellan often was hesitant about sending all of his troops into battle. At his command, much of the army often sat waiting to fight when they should be reinforcing other troops. Eventually, McClellan was fired from his position by President Lincoln. After this, he ran against President Lincoln in the 1864 Presidential Election. He did not win, and eventually took to writing to defend his actions during the Civil War. Many different people have different perceptions of the actions of George McClellan. When asked about McClellan, U.S. Grant said, "McClellan is to me one of the mysteries of the war.
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Image Source:
George B. McClellan, Public Domain of Wikipedia http://niahd.wm.edu/index.php?browse=image&id=33930

Online Source:
Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_B._McClellan
Macbio, Civil War Home. http://www.civilwarhome.com/macbio.htm