Maj. General George B. "Little Mac" McClellan (USA)

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Maj. General George Brinton McClellan, Jr.

Also Known As: "Little Mac"
Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: Died in City of Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, United States
Cause of death: heart attack
Place of Burial: Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Dr. George McClellan and Elizabeth Sophia Steinmetz McClellan
Husband of Ellen Mary McClellan
Father of Rep. George Brinton McClellan, III; May McClellan and Mary Desprez
Brother of Mary Phillips McClellan; Dr. John Hill Brinton McClellan; Frederica Sophia English; Walter Livingston McClellan; Arthur S. McClellan and 1 other

Occupation: General -- Ran for President Against Abraham Lincoln
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About Maj. General George B. "Little Mac" McClellan (USA)

A General that respected the value of a life. He thought more of his Army than a simple meat grinder to get the job down.

When General McClellan was dismissed a second time by President Lincoln there a great fear in Washington that he would march his Army into D.C. and take over the Government. Being a man of honor and a West Point Graduate it never happened. But he could have done it. His soldiers loved him and would follow him anywhere. Why? Because he valued their lives.

Walter G. Ashworth, Maj. General George B. "Little Mac" McClellan (USA) is my 7th cousin twice removed.


From The Memoirs of Colonel John S. Mosby

"Whom do you consider the ablest General on the Federal side?"

"McClellan, by all odds. I think he is the only man on the Federal side who could have organized the army as it was. Grant had, of course, more successes in the field in the latter part of the war, but Grant only came in to reap the benefits of McClellan's previous efforts. At the same time, I do not wish to disparage General Grant, for he has many abilities, but if Grant had commanded during the first years of the war, we would have gained our independence. Grant's policy of attacking would have been a blessing to us, for we lost more by inaction than we would have lost in battle. After the first Manassas the army took a sort of 'dry rot', and we lost more men by camp diseases than we would have by fighting."



Civil War major general under Abraham Lincoln. Organized the Army of the Potomac, and was briefly general-in-chief of the Union Army.

McClellan became the unsuccessful Democratic nominee opposing Lincoln in the 1864 presidential election. He served as the 24th Governor of New Jersey from 1878 to 1881

Civil War general, Governor of New Jersey, Democratic opponent of Abraham Lincoln in the 1864 United States presidential election.

George Brinton Mcclellan MyHeritage släktträd McClellan Web Site, administrerad av Barry Dean McClellan (Kontakt) Born: 3 dec 1826 - Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States D: 29 okt 1885 - Orange, Essex, New Jersey, United States Parents: Dr George Mcclellan, Elizabeth Sophia Steinmetz Mcclellan (born Brinton)

Siblings: Sarah Frederika English (born Mcclellan), John Hill Brinton Mcclellan, Walter Livingston Mcclellan, Arthur S Mcclellan, Mary Phillips Mcclellan, Ann Eunice Mcclellan.

Wife: Mary Ellen Mcclellan (born Marcy). Marriage: 22 maj 1860

 New York, New York, New York, United States

Children: John James Mclellan, Arthur Mcclellan, Mary May Desprey (born Mcclellan), George Brinton Mcclellan, Frederica McClellan.

George Brinton McClellan (December 3, 1826 – October 29, 1885) was an American soldier, civil engineer, railroad executive, and politician. A graduate of West Point, McClellan served with distinction during the Mexican-American War, and later left the Army to work in railroads until the outbreak of the American Civil War. Early in the war, McClellan was appointed to the rank of major general and played an important role in raising a well-trained and organized army, which would become the Army of the Potomac; he served a brief period (November 1861 to March 1862) as general-in-chief of the Union Army. Although McClellan was meticulous in his planning and preparations, these very characteristics hampered his ability to challenge aggressive opponents in a fast-moving battlefield environment. He chronically overestimated the strength of enemy units and was reluctant to apply principles of mass, frequently leaving large portions of his army unengaged at decisive points.

McClellan organized and led the Union army in the Peninsula Campaign (also known as the Peninsular Campaign) in southeastern Virginia from March through July 1862. It was the first large-scale offensive in the Eastern Theater. Making an amphibious clockwise turning movement around the Confederate States Army in northern Virginia, McClellan's forces turned west to move up the Virginia Peninsula, with the Confederate capital, Richmond, as their objective. Initially, McClellan was somewhat successful against the equally cautious General Joseph E. Johnston, but the emergence of General Robert E. Lee turned the subsequent Seven Days Battles into a Union defeat.

General McClellan failed to maintain the trust of President Abraham Lincoln. He was insubordinate to his commander-in-chief and privately derisive of him. He was removed from command in November after failing to decisively pursue Lee's Army following the tactically inconclusive but strategic Union victory at the Battle of Antietam, and never received another field command. McClellan went on to become the unsuccessful Democratic Party nominee in the 1864 presidential election against Lincoln. The effectiveness of his campaign was damaged when he repudiated his party's platform, which promised an end to the war and negotiations with the Confederacy. He served as the 24th Governor of New Jersey from 1878 to 1881. He eventually became a writer, and vigorously defended his Civil War conduct.

Most modern authorities have assessed McClellan as a poor battlefield general. A few historians view him as a highly capable commander whose reputation suffered unfairly at the hands of pro-Lincoln partisans who made him a scapegoat for the Union's military setbacks. After the war, Ulysses S. Grant was asked for his opinion of McClellan as a general. He replied, "McClellan is to me one of the mysteries of the war."[

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Maj. General George B. "Little Mac" McClellan (USA)'s Timeline

December 3, 1826
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Age 34
United States
November 23, 1865
Age 38
Dresden, Dresden, Saxony, Germany
October 29, 1885
Age 58
City of Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, United States
Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States