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Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan




Born: December 3, 1826

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania



Died: October 29, 1885

Orange, New Jersey

West Point: 1846


Brevet 2nd Lieutenant: 1846


Brevet 1st Lieutenant:


Captain: March 1855


Resigned Commission: January 16, 1857


Maj. General: April 23, 1861 ~ Ohio Volunteers


Maj. General: May 3, 1861 ~ Regular Army

The following articles are from dated 21 August 2023:

          Mending the McClellan Myth

          In God We Trust: Did George B. McClellan Suffer from a Messianic Complex

          McClellan: Did He Have the 'Slows' or a Supply Crisis?

          McClellan's War-Winning Strategy

1842: Entered West Point at age of 15 - West Point wavered the minimum age of 16

June 1846: West Point Graduate - 2nd in class of 56

March 9 - March 29, 1847: Siege of Vera Cruz

1849: Returned to West Point to train cadets in engineering

June 1851: Ordered to Fort Delaware to help in its construction

March 1852: Reported to Fort Smith, Arkansas as 2nd in command

Fall 1852: Published manual on Bayonet tactics translated from French

Fall 1852: Assignment to the Department of Texas

1853: Surveyed for Pacific Railroad

June 1854: Secret reconnaissance mission to Santa Domingo

March 1855: Promoted to Captain and assigned to the 1st U.S. Cavalry

1855 - 1856: Official observer of European armies in the Crimean War

1856: Wrote manual on cavalry tactics and redesigned the cavalry saddle to make it easier on the horse - still in use today

January 16, 1857: Resigned his commission

April 23, 1861: Commissioned Major General of Volunteers and given command of the Ohio Militia 

May 3, 1861: Reinstated in Regular Army and named the Commander of Department of Ohio

May 14, 1861: Commissioned Major General and at age 34 was the 2nd highest ranking officer in the army

July 26, 1861: Appointed Commander of the Military Division of the Potomac

August 20, 1861: Formed the Army of the Potomac and was its first commander

November 1, 1861: General Winfield Scott retires and McClellan becomes General-in-Chief of all Union armies

July 11, 1861: Battle of Rich Mountain

March 11, 1862: President Lincoln removes McClellan as General-in-Chief but is still the Commander of Army of Potomac

March 17, 1862: Start of the Peninsula Campaign

April 5 - May 5, 1862: Siege of Yorktown

May 5, 1862: Battle of Williamsburg

During the Seven Days Battle, McClellan was absent from the battlefield

September 2, 1862: Against the objections of his Cabinet, President Lincoln names McClellan to command "the fortifications of Washington"

September 17, 1862: Battle of Antietam

November 7, 1862: Relived from duty handing command to Gen. Ambrose

1864: Nominated for President of Democratic Party

Boatner, Mark M. III. The Civil War Dictionary. New York: David McKay, 1967. p 52

George B. McClellan. 20 August 2023. Web. 31 August 2023

Warner, Ezra J. Generals in Blue: Lives of the Union Commanders. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State, 1964. p 290-292

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